Employing her usual modus operandi of letting others make diffucult decisions, Baxley called on King to settle the issue once and for all.
Only King doesn't want to.
Through an aide, King declined to settle the matter since the yearly appraisals have already begun. The issue must now be decided by the courts, according to the AG's office.
Upon hearing King's non-answer, Baxley stated the obvious:
"If the attorney general is charged with enforcing the laws of Alabama, it's fair to ask him what the law says,"Now I am no attorney and perhaps King's decision to not render a decision is legally defensible. But what most people (including myself) will think upon hearing these series of events is that King is avoiding doing his job for purely political reasons.
I can understand King's predicament. He has had some bumps in the road during his brief tenure as AG and will certainly have to fight hard to hold onto his office against Democrat John Tyson, Jr in November. So why should King risk weighing in on the appraisal issue and alienating the governor he appointed or the activists he'll need to win in November? Well because that is his job.
And while in the short-term rendering a decision might cause King some political pain, voters will ultimately reward a politician who is willing to take political risks in order to do what is right.
King has shown political skill in securing the AG appointment and in warding off primary challengers thus far. But he has also shown a penchant for self-inflicted damage with the ankle bracelet incident, the Lowder flap, and now this latest black eye.
If King isn't careful voters will decide to give the Attorney General's job to someone who will actually do it.