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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shelby, Sessions to support Strange over King

U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa and Jeff Sessions of Mobile are supporting Luther Strange against incumbent Troy King in the Republican primary for attorney general.
Shelby, who has one of the biggest campaign war chests of any U.S. senator, and Sessions, a former Alabama attorney general, will be the featured guests next week during a fundraiser for Strange in Washington, according to a Birmingham News article.
Strange also helped Sessions with his campaigns for office.
The two senators also contributed financially to King's campaign in 2006, according to the report. "This is a sign of just how alienated Troy King has become from the Republican establishment," David Lanoue, chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama, told the News. "This is pretty extraordinary."
Chris Brown, a spokesman for King's campaign, told the News that King respects the senators but, "He'd rather get his votes from the voters instead of some people in Washington."
King has had public squabbles with Republican officials in the state including numerous district attorneys and with Gov. Bob Riley, who appointed him attorney general.
Strange is a lawyer and former lobbyist who lost his race for lieutenant governor to Jim Folsom Jr. in the 2006 general election.

People can read more of the article at:
http://www.al.com/politics/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/12561129384630.xml&coll=2

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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