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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?   

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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!

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


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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.  

 

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