MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's appointed attorney general,
Republican Troy King, is busy touring the state. He's preparing for
an election campaign next year. But others are considering whether
they want to try to keep his service short. Both Democrats and
Republicans say they are contemplating a run for attorney general, when King plans to seek a full four-year term.
On the Democratic side, Mobile County District Attorney John
Tyson says he's forming a campaign committee and hopes to make an
On the Republican side, Montgomery attorneys Will Sellers and
Mark Montiel say they've received encouragement to run, but have
made no decision.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Terry Butts, who represented
Roy Moore in the legal battle over his Ten Commandments monument,
had looked at possibly running for attorney general, but in March he
switched his sights to the lieutenant governor's race.
Now, with Republican Public Service Commissioner George Wallace
Junior looking at the lieutenant governor's race, some Republicans
are encouraging Butts to take another look at the attorney general's contest. So far, Butts has announced no change in plans, but he hasn't
filed campaign paperwork for the lieutenant governor's race either.
Auburn University Montgomery political scientist Brad Moody says
it's clear that people who would normally align themselves with the
Christian Coalition don't believe King has been vocal enough in
support of Roy Moore and would like to see King have opposition Moody says it's going to be interesting to see if there is
almost a Roy Moore ticket that would include someone running for
attorney general and the Supreme Court.
King was Riley's legal counsel until Riley appointed him attorney general in March of 2004 after Bill Pryor left to become a federal judge. King had run one race before -- an unsuccessful bid for secretary of state in 2002.