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Monday, November 07, 2005

Ambiguous General

Lucy Baxley recently appealed to Attorney General Troy King to solve a sticky dispute over property taxes. Bob Riley claims that he doesn't have the authority to overturn the 2003 order to appraise property taxes every year as opposed to the previous method of an appraisal once every four yeras. Roy Moore, joined by Don Siegelman, dispute that notion and have called on Riley to return to the former practice.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was wrong with the "ankle bracelet" incident? It may have been a bit dramatic but I wasn't aware that it hurt him?

8:48:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I thought it made him look a little desparate for attention. And in retrospect, in combination with some of his other mistakes I think it doesn't hold up well.

But I can see how it could be construed as an effective PR tactic.

5:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The AG office is the largest law firm in alabama. Is an attorney with no real world law firm or court room experience qualified to be AG? Of course not, only in Alabama could this sort of ridiculous, if not scandalous, chicanery occur. Just ask yourself, would donald trump hire troy king? Of course not, so why should you?

8:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would Donald Trump hire Troy King? I can't believe I just read that. Are you serious?

12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King is staggeringly unqualified for the job he holds. Additionally, he is a mental midget who makes mammoth mistakes every month. He won't get elected unless he can frighten away all opposition - which isn't likely.

By the way, he DID look stupid with the ankle braclet thing and it did hurt him. There are dozens of wed pages with stories lampooning that stunt.

2:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

King is dead meat for any serious challenger. That includes Democrats such as Tyson. If a certain Montgomery GOP attorney enters the primary race, he's toast.

8:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Alabama Democrat Party can score a major comeback by winning this race. it is the one most doable for them. Because they are the minority party (no pun intended), they should marshall resources and focus on what repubs give them. In this case a babe wrapped in a cheap suit with no legal skills. Tyson should get all their money and DC consultants starting now.

12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troy King is the single worst constitutional elected official in Alabama. He is undeniably unqualified, lacks any successes in office, and is personally repugnant. The only way he could possibly win the GOP primary is if he is unopposed and with Troy even that isn't a sure thing - write-ins might garner more support.

1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Lee P said...

Love the picture, Zac.

2:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

down ticket races seldom get the lift that top of the ticket races get. the kid will have to sell out his mentor, riley, and cut a deal with roy moore in order to win the primary. I know, no one is in it yet, but do you think the repubs will send this fool to face John Tyson? No, and no one else does either. This is the absolute worst move Riley has ever made, except for getting hoodwinked by hubbert on the 1.2B tax increase.

8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is putz. nuff said

2:29:00 PM  
Blogger watchman said...

I would have to take issue with King supposedly being the the worst constitutional officer in state government. Everyone knows that's Nancy Worley - except maybe for delusional Democrats.

That said, King's side-stepping of the appraisal issue is disingenuous. The AG's office regularly responds to opinion requests where public officials want to know if something they are doing is legal. Not every request is prospective in nature.

1:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the last comment. If you read what you wrote you will understand why King did not release an opinion. Baxley is not in a decision making position for the question she asked. The only thing she could do with it is use it in a policital ad. We should all hope that our AG has enough courage not to allow that office to be used by politicians to make policital points.

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