MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Republican Steve Marshall has been elected to a full term as Alabama’s attorney general.
The race pitted Marshall, who was appointed to the AG’s seat by then-Gov. Robert Bentley, against Joe Siegelman, the young son of Don Siegelman, a former Democratic state governor who also once held the AG seat, among other constitutional offices.
Marshall had this to say of his win:
”I’m proud of the campaign we’ve run and am truly honored to have the privilege to continue serving the people of Alabama as Attorney General. In the midst of personal tragedy, fighting for this job wasn’t always easy, but I believe that it will be worth it. I look forward to returning to the office tomorrow— to begin a new offensive in our battles against violent crime, opioid addiction, and corruption. Our work has only just begun.”
Marshall faced challenges from both his GOP primary opponent and Democratic general election challenger over money he took from a federal political action committee, or PAC, by the Republican Attorney General Association, or RAGA. His challengers have said the money, more than $700,000 in campaign funds, runs afoul of the state’s ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.
Siegelman said he was outspent by his GOP foe, and on Tuesday night took one more jab at Marshall for taking money from the RAGA.
“It was fueled by the people of this state. My opponent outraised my campaign six to one. And of the money that he took from an out-of-state, dark money group, just that money alone was more than the entire amount of funds that my campaign had in this race," Siegelman said. " But of the funds that I raised, and that we had to use, they were raised for the people of Alabama, and I am proud of that. Alabama is on a path of progress. And we may not have seen the steps taken today, that we wanted to see. But we can be excited about what the future holds. And we can make sure that our government in the attorney general’s office and every other office is and forever about the people of this state and not political interests.”
Following Marshall’s win, RAGA issued a statement stating:
“Tonight is a great night for the people of Alabama. Over the past year and a half, Steve Marshall has had the courage to take on the toughest issues. He has been a leader on fighting opioids in Alabama, serving as the co-chair of the Governor’s Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council.
He has also defended our immigration laws by working with federal authorities to end sanctuary cities. Attorney General Marshall is also working to crack down on violent crime and human trafficking.
He has done so much for the state he loves, I’m glad the good people of Alabama stood with Steve Marshall and elected him their Attorney General. The rule of law and the people of Alabama are always going to be his first priorities.”