Attorney General candidates make their case in candidate forum

Steve Marshall Mid Alabama Republican Club
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Republican candidates for attorney general shared a stage for the first time in an occasionally contentious forum that previewed a race shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested of 2018.

Attorney General Steve Marshall, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, former Attorney General Troy King and GOP lawyer Chess Bedsole spoke Saturday to the Mid-Alabama Republican Club.

Marshall, who was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, said he is running an independent office focused on enforcing the law, not politics. Martin emphasized her record prosecuting public corruption cases, while King said the state had been embarrassed by recent scandals.

Martin criticized Marshall as a party-switcher.

Bedsole said he was the only one who had not sought the appointment from Bentley, who resigned during an ethics investigation.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.