With Friends Like These...
King has shut down at least one gambling venue in Troy and has filed suits challenging the legality of bingo games in Lowndes county. Yet Giles takes issue with King's tactics and fervor in addressing the gambling issue.
With such a public rebuke of King, one has to wonder if Giles is encouraging or assisting a potential bid against King in the GOP primary. Many names have been bandied about as potential challengers since King's 2003 appointment as Attorney General. But no candidate has emerged or even shown much public interest in recent months. Montgomery attorney Will Sellers is an oft-mentioned challenger, but he hasn't sent any recent signals that he'll make the race.
If no Republican challenger does emerge then all Giles and the Christian Coalition is doing is further weakening King when he'll need all his political strength to withstand a strong challenge from John Tyson.