Attorney General Troy King demonstrates that politics can be personal with him (e.g. with Tony Castaldo and Robby Owens), but that doesn’t mean its smart. Continuing to goad district attorneys around the state by sending critical news releases naming individual DA’s who took a public stance opposing King on the Robby Owens issue, well, it simply does not feel politically astute.
Mobile’s Press-Register yesterday:
Fifteen district attorneys were targeted with the customized statements. Their names were inserted into the releases that went to media in their jurisdictions.
A King spokesman said the releases were simply designed to get across his side and to alert local news outlets that their local district attorney was involved. An official with the Alabama District Attorney’s Association said the releases were out of line.
These DA’s are local folks closer to their constituencies than King is, and I don’t see how this plays out well for King. I see King building walls where he should be building bridges.
The Ft. Payne Times-Journal last weekend with Dekalb County District Attorney Mike O’Dell after “King continued to attack O’Dell:”
O’Dell says local district attorneys did not object to King taking over the Shelby County case. They object to what they say is King using it for political gain.
“What we resented is he used that tragic, tragic situation – which has got to be painful for the victims’ families – to politicize and to attack and punish a fellow prosecutor. That’s what we couldn’t take. It’s the fact that he took such cheap shots as another prosecutor when it was unnecessary,” O’Dell said.
“The Troy King I thought I knew for the first few years he was in office, I would have not thought he was capable of doing this. I am ashamed of him. My position is that this is not about Troy King anymore, and it’s not about Robby Owens and it’s not about the personal attacks that he is putting on us. It’s about the people we serve and the people have a right to expect more from its prosecutorial leadership than this.”