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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Troy King: Smoke 'em if you Got 'em

John Davis at the Montgomery Advertiser recently pointed out that Troy King declined to add his name to an effort led by 30 state attorney generals to urge Hollywood to put anti-smoking announcements at the beginning of films.

I don't see the rationale behind King's decision. Of course past GOP attorney generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Pryor caught flack for refusing to join the national effort to sue the tobacco companies. And while many people disagreed with their refusal to join the suit, there was at least a principle behind it. But I don't see one with this issue.

I can't imagine the tobacco companies (historically GOP allies) are too concerned with the possibility of anti-smoking PSA's. The tobacco lobby even foots the bill for millions of dollars of anti-smoking ads themselves. I don't think that King would risk alienating any significant interest or constituency by signing the letter. And what Republican worth his salt bypasses an opportunity to harangue Hollywood?

Perhaps the most puzzling part of the story was the AG's office reply to why King didn't sign the letter.

"The attorney general doesn't smoke," [deputy AG Keith]Miller said. "He doesn't drink. He is against youth smoking."
Ok, great. But what does that have to do with the anti-smoking letter? I'd like too see at least some sort of reasoned rationale or principle involved in the decision.

Of course this is a minor story, but Troy King needs to figure out how to stop this constant drip of unfavorable press. King has managed to avoid any major gaffes or scandals, but there has been a steady drumbeat of recent stories that cast King in a less than positive light.

It doesn't take a huge scandal to get a politician defeated. The political career that dies a death of a thousand small cuts is still dead.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am impressed that this site has pinpointed the impending political death of Troy King. Lots of insiders realized a few months ago that Troy cannot win election; he is turning on the afterburners to squeeze campaign funds out of traditional donors but smart money knows he can't win.

Look for TK to be a bigtime loser either in November or (if a certain well-regarded Montgomery attorney opposes him in the GOP primary) in June.

8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumors are flying everywhere that King is on his way out, some say because of Butts, others say the inside republican money thinks he is a lightweight. Either way, he should grow up before seeking another office.

9:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey ZAC it should be attorneys general.

12:34:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I do think there is a possibility for King to get a primary, but I haven't heard anything about the potential candidates for a couple of months now.

King will likely be well funded and will have the Gov in his corner, so that must be deterring a primary challenge for now.

And Butts recently endorsed King, so I think he is on the sidelines for good.

And yes, it should be attorneys general.

3:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Butts is the kiss of death. roy moore ran him off. Butts has tons of problems... just wait.

3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"The attorney general doesn't smoke," [deputy AG Keith]Miller said. "He doesn't drink. He is against youth smoking."

So what do you do, Troy? Oh yeah, push for the execution of mentally-challenged teenagers. Good God I hate this man.

8:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the issue is not whether the AG smokes or drinks or chases toothless women through a trailer park, but Miller's attempt at practicing political strategy is as churlish and pink cheeked as his boss's legal skills.

9:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That last remark is insulting to Troy King. He would be highly upset at the implication that he chases toothless women through trailer parks. Troy chases toothless MEN through trailer parks . . . .

12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first and oldest rule of politics is never to trust a man who wont, or doesnt drink.

3:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally want to hear MORE about Troy King chasing toothless women AND men through trailor parks...that makes for GREAT news LOL

9:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 3 individuals running for Attorney General, that I am aware of. Troy King whom can be defeated, John Tyson of Baldwin County, and Larry Darby who I have personally observed as a decent man, although I do not share his beliefs on Atheism. One thing is for sure! We must get an Attorney General in office, that is FAIR to the public, rather than promoting his own agenda. Prison overcrowding seems to be created largely by over zealous Judges and overzealous Attorney Generals who do not give any thought to what the Constitution allows for Defendants in courts, or in documents signed by these goofballs. Please really consider which one of these has the best interest at heart, for the public, and not for their own agenda.

9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

citizens are entitled to an unbiased AG who wont cut deals with BOBBY LOWDER, JACK MILLER AND MILTON MCGREGOR.

3:04:00 PM  
Anonymous elliotness t. said...

What do Troy King and Jan Cook have in common beside Terry Butts? Inquiring minds want to know? stay tuned

10:55:00 AM  
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