Troy King did not sell his soul

Published 10:57 pm Saturday, June 13, 2009

Gov. Bob Riley had enough confidence in the strength of Troy King’s character to appoint him Alabama Attorney General in 2004. The voters of Alabama expressed their approval of his job performance by electing him attorney general for a full term in 2006.

He is the top prosecutor of the state, writes legislative packages to propose to the legislature, issues advisory legal opinions to clarify scenarios, offers comfort to the families of 23 police officers who died in the line of duty in the last five years, witnesses executions on death row, leads the complicated investigations of serious crimes from murder on down, oversees the work of 15-20 investigators and other staff and travels with security guards to protect his life.

Years before his elections, a generous, appropriate salary was approved for the position of attorney general. In my opinion, Attorney General Troy King did not sell his soul for the price of tickets to a Braves baseball game, or for the invitation among other politicians to a party to simply garner publicity for a project, or for his attempt to locate a job for a friend’s mother.

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There’s an old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Troy King is in the kitchen and this strong man can certainly stand the heat. His soul is intact.

Faye Gaston

Union Springs