MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama House member who voted for a bill to legalize electronic bingo says he doesn't know why he was
subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury.

Democratic State Rep. Craig Ford of Gadsden was the first of
several legislators expected to testify Thursday before a grand
jury in Montgomery investigating allegations of vote buying in the
legislature over the bingo bill.

Ford said he may have been called because he is a member of the
rules committee that decides what bills come up for debate.

He said he has never had a lobbyist offer him something of value in
exchange for a vote.

Republican state Sen. Steve French of Birmingham also met with
the grand jury.

He has said inappropriate offers were made to him concerning the bingo bill, but he declined to elaborate Thursday.


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  • by Betty Location: dothan on May 6, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    I am glad Country Crossing came and wish it would open back up. We would go there for a few hours of good honest entertainment. Country Crossing did not cause the split in our community, it is the fact and refusal of the legislature to allow the people of Alabama to vote what they want. Voting is a right of the people and should not be allowed or disallowed by the legislature. If I lived in any part of the state, my feelings would still be the same. We have the right to vote. Denial of the right to vote is a dictatorship.
  • by JAMES Location: DOTHAN on May 6, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    I THINK GILLEY DONE THE RIGHT THING BY BRINGING C.C HERE IN HOUSTON COUNTY.BUT I WILL TELL YOU ONE THING I WILL BE VOTEING FOR MR CULVERT AND MR SPARKS.HAS MR WATSON BINGO RILEY RAMBO TYSON AND THESE SO CALL PREACHER BROUGHT 3000 JOBS TO HOUSTON COUNTY.HELL NO THEY HAVE NOT.FAR AS THAT KANGROO BACKWOOD HEARING IN MONTGOMERY THAT IS WHAT THIS STATE IS ALL ABOUT.KEEP THE RICH RICHER AND THE POORER PEOPLE UNDER THEIR THUMBS.IF THESE SENATORS AND THE LEGISLATOR THAT WANTED TO LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON THIS ISSUE ON BINGO ARE NOT CAREFUL THEY WILL END UP IN JAIL.WAKE UP YOU BACKWOOD PEOPLE HERE IN AL AND VOTE ALL THESE CRAZY SENATOR OUT OF OFFICE AND GET SOME PEOPLE UP THEIR THAT CAN DO THE JOB THAT GOT SOME B,,,S.FOR AS THE SUPREME COURT ALL THEY STUDY IS PUTTING A MAN TO DEATH.AND FAR AS OUR D.A SHERIFF AND OUR JUDGESTHAT SUPPOSE TO KNOW THE LAW THIS IS A JOKE.AND FAR AS MR RUSSELL CONWAY OUR NEW JUDGE THAT BINGO RILLEY PICK HE REALLY WENT TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PICKLE BARRELL TO PICK HIM.
  • by halbert Location: Dothan on May 6, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    I wish country crossing had never come here, all this is done has split our community! Gilley should just leave instead of threatening with leaving and take Culver with him because he lost my vote.
  • by Butch Location: Dothan on May 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    French is most probably on goober riley's payroll,which is payed by the Indians and Mississippi gambling interests. This Grand Jury should be looking where the real criminals are instead of the people who are just trying to make an honest living.
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