Is Alabama AG King a Queen?
The blogs are alive today with the sound of another homophobic politico being caught in a gay scandal. This time it is Alabama Attorney General Troy King who, according to the blog the Locust Fork Journal, was recently caught by his wife in gay affair with a male aide and banished from his home.
Here's their report:
"A spokesperson for Alabama Governor Bob Riley denied that Attorney General Troy King is preparing to resign in the wake of a massive rumor campaign that has yet to be fully confirmed. The word is, according to multiple sources in Montgomery and elsewhere, that King was recently caught by his wife in a gay affair with a male aide and banished from his home.
"According to Tara Hutchison in the executive office of the governor they have heard of no plans in the works for King's resignation. She said she had not heard that he had been kicked out of his home because of a gay affair.
"Governor Bob Riley's press office had refused to return multiple phone calls from this independent press outlet even though some sources accuse Riley of perpetrating the leak. The attorney general's press office also declined to return phone calls seeking comment."
According to the blog fishbowlAMERICA, it gets murkier:
"The state of Alabama remains abuzz over just what is going on with these Troy King resignation rumors. The Republican Attorney General, who succeeded William Pryor after his controversial appointment to the federal bench, has been seen by many as a potential gubernatorial candidate when current Governor Bob Riley leaves office.
"There are some who believe the initial source of the rumors are those from Riley himself. It has long been rumored that Riley's reason for running for Congress, and later Governor, was to pave a path for his son Rob Riley, a former SGA president and leader of the Machine at the University of Alabama. Rob Riley was on the infamous conference call with GOP operative Bill Canary and Dana Jill Simpson, when it was inferred that Canary would use Karl Rove and the Justice Department to investigate Riley's former opponent, Governor Don Siegelman.
"WSFA, Montgomery's WSFA affiliate told some bloggers who inquired about the station running a story on King, said that King was going through a divorce, and that they wouldn't be running a story of such a private matter."
Is official corroboration in sight? Common Sense, at the Alabama blog, Left In Alabama, reports:
"Sources at the Montgomery Advertiser say that they have been sitting on the story for a couple of weeks. They're working the story fast and furiously but won't run until they get official confirmation due to possible exposure to a lawsuit from King. Their sources tell them that Troy King was caught in a compromising situation with a male aide at King's home by his wife. The Montgomery Advertiser is trying to determine who King would submit his resignation to - is it Gov. Bob Riley? A press release from King's office stated that he was supposed to be in Mobile yesterday (Wednesday). The Mobile-Register is working the story as well."
And Wonkette reveals information about King's assistant that's almost too good to be true:
"His [King's] gay lover is either a college "buddy," or a very young youngster and "Homecoming King" from Troy University. What are the odds of a dude named Troy King getting caught in bed with a Homecoming King from Troy University? This seems like a wacky sitcom plot, on a gay porn channel. (Is this what that Will & Grace was about?)"