I haven't written for dailykos in quite a while.
But I am compelled to by something that has just happened and is happening now in Alabama politics.
It appears the Republicans are up to the same extreme dirty tricks that destroyed Governor Don Seigleman's second run for Governor, and put him in prison!
For now, with only one month to go before election, Alabama Democratic Candidate for State Senator Larry Means has suddenly been arrested and placed in chains with his hands shackled to them for his initial court appearance. His legs were also chained.
In his own defense Larry Means stated, "The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are going to find that my constituents, my friends and neighbors, won't be fooled by their trumped up charges, nor will they have their votes manipulated."
Several local Democratic politicians rushed to his defense - but it may not be enough:
This may take the eyes of the world focused on this, as Mr. Means is faced with 16 counts in the indictment, and "if convicted, he could get decades in prison and be fined millions of dollars."
Several others were indicted as well.
One lawyer said the indictments were "attempts to influence the 2010 governors race..." as members of Republican Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling were helping federal agents in the investigation."
I sincerely ask that all readers who hate to see someone's reputation smeared right before an election, learn more about this situation at:
And then, after learning more, do whatever you can do give moral support to Larry Means, beginning with the simple act of becoming a friend of his on Facebook... and expressing your national support, at:
And if you are able to do anything else on his behalf to bring this to the nation's attention, it would be greatly appreciated.
October 5, 2010