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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tyson Makes it Official

As loyal readers of AlabamaElections have known for weeks, Mobile County DA John Tyson, Jr. is running for Attorney General. Tyson, a Democrat, looks to have the nomination wrapped up and will be a strong candidate against presumed GOP opponent AG Troy King.

Tyson "officially" declared his candidacy in Montgomery on Monday. A district attorney for 11 years, Tyson has established a record as a vigorous, "tough on crime" prosecutor. Along with his extensive record of crime fighting, Tyson has been a political dynamo. In addition to the 14 years he served on the Alabama Board of Education, Tyson recently won re-election with 58% in Republican leaning Mobile County.

Tyson's combination of law and order experience and his political base in Mobile will likely cause problems for Troy King. In comparison to Tyson, King has little experience and his own previous political bid (a 2002 race for Secretary of State) was unsuccessful (King failed to make the runoff against two unimposing fellow GOPers).

King, who was appointed to fill the office after Bill Pryor's elevation to the federal bench, has had some ups and downs as AG. Most recently he's been involved in intrigue involving the Auburn Board of Trustees and campaign contributions.

I am sure King is raising a lot of money and will be a tough opponent, but as long as Tyson runs a smart race I think he is the man to beat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy King better start looking for employment starting in 2007. I'm a Republican, but King has no business in the office, Tyson seems ok.

7:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy King may be the single most unqualified AG in state history, and that is saying something.

3:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King is in definite trouble and not just from Tyson. Rumor has it that a strong GOP candidate is waiting right now to torpedo Troy in the primaries.

11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy King is the mistake of year for bob riley. King is child with no real world experience and has fallen prey to the siegelman team (lowder, miller, mcgregor, and god only knows who else). King is not savvy enough to handle these slick operators. The attorney general office is the largest law firm in alabama. Since when does a young law grad go from school to managing partner? oh well, i guess its close enough for government work, but I lay the blame for this squarely on Bob Riley. Who was Riley paying off by naming such an incompetent child to be our defender? I think King should get a real job, prove himself in courtroom, then seek public office. public office is not a way of life, but something one seeks to give back to the community. What does King have to give back, his clearasil?

11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From law school to managing partner??? Not hardly. Troy King has had a distinguished career in public service, and he's served in that capacity ever since he graduated from law school. Have you taken a poll of law school graduates lately??? Not many run to state government for their takes a truly dedicated person to enter a field where typically long hours are NOT rewarded with proportional pay. AG King's abilities have attracted the attention of at least 2 governors--Bob Riley, with all of his political experience, would not have made an inexperienced, incapable lawyer his legal advisor. AG King knows the ropes in Montgomery, and he has an understands how to get things done in ways that can only be learned through experience. It's dangerous to chastise public servants for never entering the private sector--we all know what kind of improprities can result from being in that field. The Office of the AG is a huge institution--there will never been an AG who is an expert in all areas. I am just happy to see an intelligent, young attorney with such a demonstrated commitment to the people of our state. In my mind, Troy King's record and qualifications put him lightyears ahead of those many politicians who have embarassed the state--in one way or another--over the last few decades. I'll definitely be voting for Troy King as Attorney General. He's done good things in his career, thus far, and I'd like for him to have the opportunity to do even more.

11:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last anonymous--there's a lot to be said for lawyers dedicating their lives to public service. We need more people like that. All of the lawyers I know just chase money. I respect Troy King for his work, and I don't see him as an embarassment, mistake, or unqualified...not at all.

8:26:00 PM  
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