Former Gov. Don Siegelman expects to be indicted by a federal grand jury in Montgomery, but he said it won't stop him from running for governor next year.
Siegelman made the comments in an interview yesterday with the editorial board of The Tuscaloosa News.
A federal grand jury has been meeting in Montgomery since June 2004 to review Siegelman's administration. In recent weeks, it has looked at a road project in Tuscaloosa and Sunday liquor sales legislation for the Talladega Superspeedway.
Last year, Siegelman was acquitted on Medicaid fraud charges.
So far, federal prosecutors have secured guilty pleas from Siegelman's former executive secretary, a major campaign contributor, and an architect who worked for the state during the Siegelman administration.
Siegelman will face Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley in the Democratic primary.
He predicts that a hot Republican primary between Roy Moore and Republican incumbent Bob Riley could help him in the Democratic primary.
Moore formally kicked off his gubernatorial campaign this week. Riley could announce his political plans Saturday in Birmingham.