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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Strange likely to run against King for AG



The man who defeated a top political name in the state in 2006, but could not overcome another has said he will likely run for attorney general against the incumbent, fellow Republican Troy King.
Luther Strange, who narrowly lost to Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. in 2006, said after a recent speech in Madison County that he would likely run for attorney general, according to news reports and an e-mail he sent out.
"It would be fair to say I get the most encouragement for running for attorney general," Strange said in an article in the Huntsville Times. "There's a huge need there.''
He said he would make a decision about his political future by June 1.
Strange, once a lobbyist, has worked on the election campaigns of two Republican attorneys general, Jeff Sessions and Bill Pryor.
He told the Times that the relationship between the attorney general and district attorneys in the state was strained and he would work to better it.
King, who has battled the district attorneys in the state on at least one major issue and Gov. Bob Riley on gambling issues, has announced he is running for reelection.
If Strange runs for attorney general, the primary would likely be bitter and expensive.
Strange defeated George Wallace Jr. in a runoff in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. He had been speculated as a candidate for governor or lieutenant governor in the 2010 election.

People can find more about Strange at http://www.lutherstrange.com/

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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