By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A year after conceding the election for governor, veteran politician Don Siegelman says he's happy in his new job -- doing legal and economic development work.

In an Associated Press interview, Siegelman says he's not ruling out a return to politics. He said it won't be in next year's contest for the US Senate, but he says the 2006 race for governor might be a possibility.

He says that's three years off, and he's got plenty of time to decide.

Siegelman, a Democrat who had held public office in Alabama for 20 years, thought he had won a second term as governor, but then Baldwin County corrected its vote totals, putting Republican Bob Riley in the lead.

He and his family relocated to Vestavia Hills, his oldest child, Dana, attends California State University at Long Beach.

His youngest child, Joseph, is in the 10th grade at Vestavia Hills High School.

Siegelman won't talk the federal probe of his administration.

Former aide Nick Bailey pleaded guilty in June as part of the federal-state corruption probe into Siegelman's administration. Bailey admitted taking more than $121,000 in cash and gifts while working for Siegelman in the lieutenant governor's office and then in the governor's Cabinet.

Bailey, who hasn't been sentenced yet, has agreed to cooperate with the probe.

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