BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Governor Bob Riley fires back. In Birmingham before a civic club, Riley responded to allegations of ethics violations involving his family.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Johnson has asked the attorney general to investigate contracts given to Riley's son's law firm and the governor's son-in-law's law firm with Jefferson County. Johnson contends there is a conflict with Gov. Riley involved in talks with Wall Street banks over the county's massive sewer debt crisis.
Riley says he had a meeting with un-named individuals a week or so ago. Riley says he was told if he did not back off a push for ousting electronic bingo gambling and restrictions on ethics laws, they would come after him and his family with everything they got. "There is hundreds of millions of dollars of gambling money on the line. The only thing I'm saying we are going to follow the law. If they come after my family so be it," Riley said.