Acquitted Former Senator Makes Political Comeback

Aug 29, 2012

A former state senator acquitted in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has made an overwhelming political comeback. Former state Sen. Larry Means got elected mayor of Attalla on Tuesday night. He pulled in 69 percent of the vote in a four-way race. Means got defeated in his Senate re-election bid in 2010 after getting indicted in Alabama's gambling corruption case. He was accused of voting for pro-gambling legislation in return for campaign contributions. He was cleared of all charges in two trials in 2011 and 2012. Means said he had no plans to return to politics, but residents in his hometown kept encouraging to run for mayor. Means said he was humbled that people still supported him and his family after all that happened. Means was also mayor from 1992 to 1998. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.