Alabama Governor Bob Riley broke his silence today and told the Tuscaloosa News editorial board he warned Don Siegelman against politicizing the corruption case that eventually ended with the former governor in prison, according to a post on the Tuscaloosa News Website.
Riley also said Alabama attorney and GOP whistleblower Jill Simpson “has no credibility” and that “anyone” who has ever listened to her story does not believe it. Of course that’s not true, since I have interviewed her many times at length and the New York Times has run stories along with Time magazine, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Dan Abrams on MSNBC, and the Tuscaloosa News’s Tommy Stevenson himself.
Riley has the longest press honeymoon of any governor in Alabama history. Not one single negative word has been published on him in the big three Newhouse papers in the state. But that does not mean Riley has any credibility on this issue. He claims to have never talked to Karl Rove about this, but what he is saying is right out of Rove’s political playbook.
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