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Attorney general candidate calls for Strange investigation days before runoff

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure called for an investigation into U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., again just days before the Republican Runoff.

Specifically, McLure called on current Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to investigate Strange “before it’s too late.”

“Why hasn’t the top been blown off this by our newly-appointed Attorney General, Steve Marshall?” McLure said in a press release. “It takes no courage to prosecute an elected official after he’s lost the election; and Lord willing, Luther Strange will lose.”

McLure, who has run his campaign on opposing political corruption, joined a group that filed a complaint with the Alabama State Bar Association against Strange earlier this year. The Ethics Commission is also allegedly hearing a complaint against Strange but they have yet to discuss it at any of their meetings.

McLure said that Strange’s actions should prompt a “zealous investigation into what happened behind closed doors.”

“Alabama stands at a crossroads where it will either wash away the filth of corruption, or continue to wallow in the mire,” McLure said.

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He is currently running for Alabama attorney general as a Republican. He is challenging Marshall for the position.

Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Marshall to the position after Strange’s appointment to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions’ appointment to U.S. attorney general.

Strange and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore are going head-to-head in the Republican Runoff set for Tuesday.

A new poll released by Emerson College on Monday shows that Moore is leading the race with 50 percent of the vote and Strange with 40 percentage points.

Spencer Kimball, an assistant professor of political and sports communication at Emerson College, said they are 95 percent certain that Moore will win the runoff on Tuesday.

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