By: AP
By: AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Political experts say Republicans trying to win the Alabama governor's office and take control of the Legislature could benefit from federal vote-buying charges against several powerful Statehouse figures, even though the charges touched both parties.

They say the GOP had already staked out corruption in Montgomery as its main campaign theme, based on the bribery conviction of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman and three Democratic legislators in the two-year college scandal. In addition, the outgoing Republican governor, Bob Riley, has fought to curb gambling. Athens State University political scientist Jess Brown calls it an early Christmas present for Republicans.

He and retired University of Alabama political scientist William Stewart say it's another problem for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ron Sparks, who favors legalizing and taxing gambling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Joe Location: Slocomb on Oct 7, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    Mr Gilley I have known him for a long time have worked with him on different things.He has never lied to me or my friends.He is a honest Man and has no reason to lie.What about the Bribes that Riley has been doing for years,the lies,deceit. Getting some one to wear a wire and then he becomes a JUDGE (come On) that's a bribe right there.Calling Mr Stanford in his office before a vote in the Senator for BINGO BIll and then Mr Stanford comes back and says he's not going to vote yes,after saying he was going to vote yes. Again I say Riley is the one that needs to be Investigated alone with the Dothan Five and I think that is going to happen if not already.God will intervene and the truth will prevail.
  • by Ann Location: Ann Bowers on Oct 6, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    Injustice in politics or the legal system are still happening in Alabama as everywhere else. I love that state and it is "Home" to us, Tony and Ann Bowers. The system has not been just or fair to us or man in any way been nothing but dishonest in its' dealings with us. If anyone thinks that we ever received one dime of compensation from the injustice to us by the legal or court system in Alabama or by Wal-Mart are so very wrong! Tony and I ever received any compensation from anyone at we ever received one dime of compensation from the injustice to us by the legal or court system in Alabama there are so VERY WRONG.. So many, many people have encouraged me to tell our story and it is time if not past time. People and I mean many religious people have no idea the wrongs the legal system is and has done to people. I WANT. Have TO TELL OUR STROY AND HAVE THE "WHOLE TRUTH TOLD." Many people will be able to identify with what we have been through in their lives. Tony and Ann Bowers
  • by REM on Oct 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    A BIG amen to Ty's comment! And for the citizen's of Alabama who can't see that, then I'd say they definitely need to do a reality check. It would be nice if the FBI & DOJ would do some investigating into the governor's office. Who knows, maybe they already are, but I guess that would be too much to hope for.
  • by GH Location: Enterprise on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    When your caught on tape (wire taps) and there's a money trail its hard to claim your not guilty. Its amazing the number of Wiregrass folks who are in denial that their heroes are greedy crooks.
  • by TY Location: Dothan on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    there is coruption on BOTH sides of the bingo issue.
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