And the Hits Just Keep On Coming

Troy King is either totally clueless or completely tone-deaf when it comes to ethics.  The Birmingham News keeps finding more and more questionable situations in which Troy just happened to find himself.  The latest?  He accompanied the director of an advocacy group when she went to ask Roy Johnson for money.  Mr. Johnson was then the chancellor for the state’s two-year college system and, btw, the target of an AG’s investigation.  Troy has since recused himself and turned over the investigation to the St. Clair county’s district attorney, and Mr. Johnson was fired before he could pay the extor— I mean, find some grant money.

Miriam Shehane, executive director of Victims of Crime and Leniency, said King accompanied her to a meeting with Johnson to ask the two-year college system to provide grant money for VOCAL.

The meeting, in March 2006, came months after the attorney general’s office and federal prosecutors began investigating the two-year college system. A spokesman for King said the request was not improper because King was not asking for anything for himself.

Of course he wasn’t, but his mere presence at the meeting made Ms. Shehane’s request an offer Mr. Johnson couldn’t refuse.  Here’s the man who’s investigating you coming in and asking for money — even if it wasn’t for himself and even if he didn’t ask directly — and you think you have the option of saying no?

Shehane said she left the meeting with a good feeling about the grant, but it ultimately did not materialize. The state school board fired Johnson in July.

Or maybe Troy’s not as scary as he thinks he is.  I don’t think Roy Johnson ever hired the mother of one of Troy’s staffers, despite Troy’s request that he give her a job.

Appointing Troy King has to be the worst decision Bob Riley ever made.  Bob can’t run for re-election in 2010, but he might want to help out his party’s next candidate by getting rid of this embarrassment sooner rather than later.  I hear Troy has gubernatorial aspirations himself.  Please, God, tell me the people of Alabama aren’t that stupid.

6 Responses to “And the Hits Just Keep On Coming”

  1. I really should make some bumper stickers: Troy could run for the White House with Roy Moore in 2008!

    “ROY & TROY: Because God Wants It That Way!”

  2. Kathy says:

    That one could go right next to the “God said it, I believe it, now you shut up!” sticker. :)

  3. Roy says:

    I saw the story in today’s newspaper that Troy is investigating the two death row inmates that are selling their “art” on the internet. I wonder if he intends to ask the prisoners to contribute the proceeds of the sales to help defray the cost of his son’s next birthday party.

  4. Baudrillard says:

    The mother of Troy’s minion DID get the job from Johnson. That, apparently, was a point Troy wanted to make in his defense — the job ONLY paid 20K a year.

    This guy never ceases to amaze me.

  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Baudrillard. That does sound like a typical Troy defense.

  6. Logan says:

    In fact a new staffer Keith Young was being investgated for id Theft by the Jacksonville State University PD. Just after he was hired by the AG.

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