Left In Alabama   Follow leftinbama on Twitter

Attorney General - Tyson is Out

by: mooncat

Tue Jun 02, 2009 at 13:14:10 PM CDT

John Tyson, Jr. 

Mobile County DA John Tyson, Jr. will not run for Attorney General in 2010.  I thought Tyson vs. Troy King was the most heartbreaking race lost by a Democrat in 2006 -- a) it was close -- about 53% to 47% -- and b) Tyson was SO much more qualified than Troy King.

Who else is likely to run on the Democratic side?   

mooncat :: Attorney General - Tyson is Out
Tags: , , , , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email
Share |

I voted for Tyson in 2006 (4.00 / 3)
Give you an idea of what I think of Troy King?

Tyson was far more qualified n/t (4.00 / 1)

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Yes, but that isn't really saying much in this case! (4.00 / 1)

[ Parent ]
Right now (4.00 / 2)
The Demo field is looking weak. Most sitting District Attorneys will pass on this race because they are all up for re-election in 2010. I suspect that is what is behind Tyson's decision.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Edmund Burke

I am hearing three names ... maybe 3 1/2 (3.00 / 1)

The first is Montgomery attorney Jim Anderson, who was the Dem nominee for Supreme Court a couple of cycles back. Political ad buffs will remember his trick camera shot from that race, where he tosses a basketball back over his shoulder from midcourt, which is intercepted by an off-camera stagehand.  Then a second stagehand, also off-camera, but with a clear facing shot, puts a shot through the hoop.  Anderson is a name-plate partner in one of Montgomery's larger firms.  Against King, Anderson would be the clear favorite of the state's legal establishment.  Against Strange in the general, he would at least partially negate Strange's biggest advantage: his status as a member of a "prominent" firm, and the resulting fundraising edge.

Another possiblilty actively testing the waters is former Democratic Party exec Giles Perkins.  Perkins ran the campaigns of Natalie Davis for Senate in 1996, and of Carole Smitherman for Birmingham mayor in 2003, both unsuccessful.  He also represented Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford in election contest litigation in 2007. Perkins's name also surfaced in the Siegelman-Scrushy trial.

Also said to be testing the waters is Conecuh County District Attorney Tommy Chapman.  While he lacks an urban  base, he could be an interesting general election candidate.  Coming from, and having name recognition within, the "borderland" between the Black Belt, the Gulf counties, and the Wiregrass, he could pull a lot of white votes from that area that have been trending Republican recently.  Chapman's biggest statewide splash in recent years was as the DA in the nationally-publicized shooting death of two LSU fans by an Alabama fan after last fall's football game between the two schools.

A fourth name, getting somewhat less circulation but worth menitoning, is Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp. Harp made a very public intervention in a lawsuit against gas distributor Jet-Pep after Troy King refused to intervene to enforce price gouging laws. Harp certainly knows how to work the media.   He is known to be one of the more virulently anti-Troy-King members of the DA's association. He is rumored to be very quietly asking around to see if there is room for his candidacy, and Tyson's exit may make just such a space available.

Etowah DA (0.00 / 0)
Don't count Jimmie Harp out of the AG's race just yet.  He has been courted by law enforcement, DA's,labor, and the party and just may give up his seat and roll the dice.  Prosecutions of street level criminals, drug dealers, and his highly successful ZEROMETH campaign would make him the one to beat in my option.  



blog advertising is good for you


Be part of the state's largest & fastest growing Democratic grassroots organization. To receive our newsletter, text OTMDEMS to 22828. Follow us on Facebook.



Advanced Search

A community blog for progressive politics, ideas and current events in Alabama. Register now to join the conversation.

Friend and Follow Left In Alabama:

Join LIA's Facebook Page Go To LIA's Twitter Page Go To LIA's Flickr Photo Album Go To LIA's YouTube channel

- Mobile

Make a New Account



Forget your username or password?

LiA Contributors
- Admin
- Admin
- Economics & Aeronautics
- National Political Issues
- Political Strategy & Messaging
- Health Care
- Education in the Black Belt
- ADP Watch
- Climate & Alternative Energy
- Labor
- Alabama Legal Issues
- From the Center
- Equal Rights & GLBT Issues
- Roving Reporter

Please take our Blog Reader Project survey.

Support Left in Alabama with a Donation!

Your Amazon purchases can help fund this blog:
Support Left in Alabama
Buy Phones & More at Amazon Wireless


T.H.E. Social Work Agency
Adoption home studies & care management services in the North Alabama area.
Licensed, certified, caring social workers.

blog advertising is good for you

Bessemer Opinions
Birmingham Blues
Birmingham Science Examiner
Greg Varner's Blog
The Haze Filter
Hard Boiled Dreams of the World
King Cockfight
Legal Schnauzer
Loretta Nall
Peace Takes Courage
Pippa Abston's Blog
TJ Beitel
Thoughts & Rants of an Independent
Time is Spherical, Not Linear
WriteChic Press

ACLU of Alabama
Alabama Arise
Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform
Alabama Conservationist
Alabama Democratic Conference
Alabama Democratic Party
Alabama Legislature
Alabama Poverty Project
Alabama Secretary of State's Office
Encyclopedia of Alabama
Equality Alabama
Greater Birmingham Ministries
League of Women Voters of Alabama
Madison County Democrats
Marshall County Democrats
Over the Mountain Democrats
Alabama Political Reporter

Blog for Democracy
Blue Oklahoma
Burnt Orange Report
Daily Kingfish
Facing South
The Old Black Church
West Virginia Blue
Juanita Jean - Texas

Anzalone Liszt Research
Center for American Progress
FEC Electronic Report Retrieval
Follow the Money
In Their Boots
New Organizing Institute
Pew Research Center
Progressive States Network
The Contributor


 Subscribe in a reader

Add to My AOL

Powered by FeedBurner

Powered by: SoapBlox