(Was this the moment when the Alabama Senate started its long downhill slide? - promoted by mooncat)
Remember former Lt. Governor Steve Windom? The onetime Clinton convention delegate who suddenly decided he was a conservative Republican when he wanted to run statewide? (That was before he racked up a whopping 18% against Bob Riley in the GOP gubernatorial primary - "Landslide Bob" didn't need a Baldwin County recount in that one!) Well, in case you haven't noticed, his wife, Mary Windom, an assistant to Troy "Le Roi" King, is the GOP nominee for Place 2 on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, against Aimee Cobb Smith. This sounds like as good a reason as any to commemorate the - well, almost tenth, anniversary of that most memorable moment of the Windom Lieutenant Governorship!
In case you don't remember it, or never got to see it, enjoy the famous video of Windom answering the call of nature while sitting in the Senate chair, afraid to micturate in a more traditional locale lest those mean old Democrats actually take a roll call vote and remove his self-awarded dictatorial (no pun intended) powers. Without further ado, our video of the unforgettable moment (mercifully, sans audio):
Goff expects to be invited to appear before a House of Representatives subcommittee to tell his story. At the same time, his attorneys have appealed to the Justice Department to investigate his claims of a conspiracy and to call-off federal prosecutors who they believe are trying to indict Goff as part of a political vendetta.
It's worth watching this case if only because Leura Canary is involved here, too.
Meanwhile, two of Goff's attorneys, Thomas T. Gallion, III and Donald R. Jones, Jr., both of Montgomery, have written a 14-page letter to newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The letter asks the Justice Department to remove U.S. Attorney Leura Canary of the Middle District of Alabama, and anyone working under her direction from the ongoing federal investigation of Goff "because of her fatal and inescapable conflict of interest."
Gov. Bob Riley and former Lt. Governor Steve "the Jug" Windom are among the defendants named in Goff's suit alleging "a conspiracy to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from Goff and [attempt] to steal Goff's multi-million dollar business and destroy him financially." From the Montgomery Advertiser:
Goff has sued Riley and others, accusing them of retaliation because he reported an alleged shakedown attempt by two men close to former Republican Lt. Gov. Steve Windom. Goff said the retaliation caused the collapse of one of his insurance companies.
The Riley administration, Windom and his associates have all denied wrongdoing.
Goff lawyer Thomas T. Gallion III of Montgomery said he has discussed the investigation with federal prosecutor Stephen P. Feaga.
"They're going to indict him," Gallion said.
Louis Franklin, criminal division chief in U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary's office in Montgomery, said he cannot confirm or deny that Goff is under investigation.
Leura Canary, Steve Feaga and Louis Franklin -- sounds like the old Siegelman team is back together for this one.