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No competition

Gov. Bob Riley won’t have to worry about the person who swore him into office Monday running against him in the future.

He took the oath of office from his son, Birmingham attorney Rob Riley. Four years ago, Riley was sworn in by then-Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore, who was removed from office in 2003, tried to make a political comeback against Riley in last year’s Republican primary for governor. Inaugural spokesman David Azbell said the person swearing in Alabama’s governor doesn’t have to be a judge.

“All you have to be is a notary,” Azbell said.

All in the family

Criminal Appeals Court Judge Greg Shaw and State Auditor Samantha Shaw have made state history by becoming the first couple elected to statewide office at the same time in Alabama, but she said it wasn’t easy.

“If a husband and wife want to test the strength of their marriage, they should run simultaneous statewide campaigns,” Shaw said in her inaugural address Monday.

She proved they passed the test because her husband swore her into office as their two sons stood beside them.

Associated Press

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