Danny is reporting that his sources (the impeccable #1-in-a-jug Steve Windom and King consultant Chris Brown) say Troy King will hang in there as Alabama's Attorney General. And get this denial from Alabama GOP Communications Director Philip Bryan -- “I haven’t heard any plans that he is going to resign.” Strong stuff. Did you even bother to inquire, Mr. Bryan?
We can only hope that Troy Boy sticks it out in his current office, that he goes to the Republican convention to endorse John McCain and even that he becomes the Republican nominee for governor in 2010. I can't imagine anything more perfect.
But here's some unsolicited advice for Troy from this DFH blogger: You can't stonewall your way through this thing. Your office is telling people who call that they won't confirm or deny any rumors. If it's a false, scurrilous rumor, why not just say "There are false, scurrilous rumors circulating and we will not dignify them with further response?" A flat denial would at least convince a few people and provide a fig leaf so others could credibly drop the story.
Instead of dying down, the talk is still picking up steam -- I know that from the Sitemeter at this blog which is in uncharted territory right now on a Friday night, of all things. Journalists around the country are interested in our Attorney General. I'm getting calls from media folks as far away as Washington, DC, for heaven's sake, and that isn't an everyday thing for this peaceful Alabama blogger.
While we're waiting on a denial or confirmation, I'll sort of channel Lucianne Goldberg and Linda Tripp here, with some advice to friends of Troy. If you have the equivalent of a blue Gap dress in your closet, don't send it to the dry cleaners, you know? Like Linda said, "I would tell my own daughter," that she should save the dress "for your own ultimate protection" should she later be accused of lying about the affair.
You never know what the future will hold. Save the evidence to protect yourself.
Update: McCain has scrubbed his website, taking down the page that announced Troy King had been named as his Alabama campaign chairman. Does this mean that King has resigned from that post? Or that McCain has fired him?
Fishbowl America has a screenshot of the original press release, and I know the page was there this morning because I read it and linked to it. More inept coverup from the McCain camp. Here's the Google cached page which says:
Alabama Attorney General Troy King will serve as Chair of the McCain 2008 Alabama campaign. Representative Bachus and Attorney General King will continue to lead the growing grassroots organization on behalf of John McCain's candidacy in Alabama.
"John McCain is the best hope for conservatives to succeed in November," said Attorney General Troy King. "He is a principled conservative with a clear record of supporting a strong national defense, fighting for fiscal responsibility, and defending the sanctity of life. John McCain has served our country his entire life, and I am honored to lead his efforts here in Alabama."