Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is reportedly lining up 'sledgehammers' of justice to dismantle the state's thick wall of public corruption.
In yesterday’s edition of the Birmingham News John Archibald wrote an interesting column about the coming ‘Hammer Time’ attitude of the AG’s office on the heads of elected officials who betray the public trust and defile Alabama Codes of Ethics. We’d like to think this might be a real turning point by the AG's office, but we suspect it’s really more of a velvet hammer in a political glove.
Archibald is a sharp tack and not much gets past his BS detector. He’s done some of the hardest hitting commentary to ever come out of the Birmingham No News and we are admirers of his courage to report what others will not.
That said, it’s no secret that Big Luther is positioning himself for the biggest office in Alabama--the Governorship. And even though we’d like to believe that this get tough hammer he’s swinging by assembling these hard tack men to go after corruption is solid, we’re just not buying it.
Big Luther has far too many Rileyites in his office and the former he wouldn’t know what ethical behavior is if it whacked him the head governor has high praise for Strange. That’s enough to set off more than a few pings of alarm in our minds.
And let’s not close to door on the recent article by Bob Martin that reveals the alleged oversight of foreman Riley in building Big Luther’s new house:
Riley called Strange to his office to lay out what he wanted from the new attorney general … and what he would do in return … a classic quid pro quo offer.Riley told the incoming attorney general that he wanted him to “protect” his children and also direct any business he could to them. For that, Riley told Strange, he would support him for governor in 2014 and raise $2 million for his campaign.
No Alabama politician does anything with public fanfare, as this is, without their own agenda being the real driving force, we’ve seen that bear out time and time again.
The true test of what Luther says and what Luther does will be if there is an increase in stepped-up investigations into his own party members that end in convictions, not administrative window dressing and a slap on the wrist with a promise you won’t do it again re-alignment.
“Hammer time” in Alabama? Maybe.
But we think it’s going to be more of a pick and choose who to whack ball-peen hammer of authority rather than the non-discriminating iron fist of tough justice for all.