The former Alabama Attorney General who clashed with Governor Bob Riley in 2010 over the Country Crossing gambling investigation, has announced his run for attorney general.
“I’m here this morning with my dads words ringing in my ears ‘Son if you want something done right, you just have to do it yourself,” said candidate Troy King.
King announced his candidacy for attorney general to a room full of supporters in Elba Thursday.
King held the position of attorney general from 2004 to 2010, when he sought a second term but was defeated by Luther Strange.
“Things in Alabama have not been going so well. We’ve had all of the highest levels of state government removed from office,” said King.
When King was in office he clashed with Governor Bob Riley over electronic gaming machines.
Riley argued that there was no difference between electronic bingo machines and slot machines, which are illegal in the state.
King disagreed and insisted that although he objects to any form of gambling, Alabama approved constitutional amendments, legalizing the machines.
In 2010, he refused to take the investigation of the Country Crossing Casino in Dothan.
“Alabama has a lot more serious problems than little old ladies playing bingo,” said King. “We certainly have spent more than enough money on this issue. We have litigated, and litigated, and litigated it and now we have another round of litigation over it.”
Supporters of king say they would like to see him return to office.
“He has been an awesome attorney general,” said supporter Patricia Jones.
King says it is time for someone with experience to bring a steady hand back to state government.
“I’m doing it for the only reason that anybody should ever go into public service. I’m doing it because I love Alabama,” said King.