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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Don: Riley <3's PETA!

Don Siegelman came out guns blazing on Bob Riley in a recent fundraising letter. Of course fund raising language almost always includes some hyperbole in order to get supporters mad enough to open their wallets. But the rhetoric of Siegelman's letter is pretty heated even compared to other fundraising appeals. Sallie Owen at the Mobile Register compiles some of Siegelman's most incendiary lines:

"My opponent [Riley] is being supported by liberal anti-gun extremists who want to take away our Second Amendment rights."

"The limits this administration has placed on hunting are extreme,"

"My opponent's[Riley's] friends at (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are trying to end or limit hunting seasons in Alabama and have even tried to ban fishing because the hooks hurt the fish's mouth."

Siegelman is apparently referencing a move by the commissioner of conservation and natural resources (a Riley appointee) to ban deer hunting with dogs in several Alabama counties. But as a department flack pointed out, the same practice occurred during Siegelman's term and has only been continued through the Riley administration.

Siegelman was a gun-friendly governor so it's not unreasonable that he'd again seek the "sportsmen" vote. But Riley has been a pro-gun governor as well and has nothing to gain by moving to the left (or even the center) on the issue.

This is the second issue (tax appraisals being the first) where Siegelman has attempted to cast Riley as a liberal. Siegelman has a long way to go before he gets Riley one-on-one so the immediate beneficiary is Roy Moore. In fact, don't be surprised if Moore picks up on this gun issue Siegelman has raised to try to drive a wedge between Bob Riley and a critical block of GOP primary voters.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doyle Fuller a montgomery lawyer is about to sue siegelman and the Federal Grand Jury has just reconvened to re-indict or add indictments to his corruption investigation. siegelman is just trying to divert attention. I think Riley cares what sigelman says about like he cares what howard dean thinks. In fact most thinking, rational alabamians know siegleman for what he is and ignore him accordingly

10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Democratic bigwigs are praying that the wheels fly off Don's little red wagon, rthe sooner the better so he wont create such headaches. I'm sure that Don's dumbass campaign efforts are doing nothing to change their minds.

8:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siegleman has to know he is unelectable. he is doing this bias a jury pool and to make the feds look bad, should he have to appeal. he is not stupid, just heartless.

3:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I know the guy and believe me -- he's dumb as a post. Any clever pre-trial maneuvers must have been hatched by his defense lawyers.

4:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the democrat party should purge itself from this loon, siegleman

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