Bill Canary, also William Canary, is a Republican campaign consultant in Alabama. His wife, Leura Canary, was the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
Currently, there are ongoing claims that Canary and his wife investigated former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman for political reasons. A Republican activist, lawyer Dana Jill Simpson of Rainsville, Alabama, filed a sworn statement saying that she was on a Republican campaign conference call in 2002 when she heard Bill Canary tell other campaign workers not to worry about Siegelman because Canary's "girls" and "Karl" would make sure the Justice Department pursued the Democrat so he was not a political threat in the future. "Canary's girls" included his wife, Leura Canary, who is United States Attorney for United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and "Karl" referred to Karl Rove. The people on the conference call included Governor Riley’s son and lawyer.
In response, Bill Canary said he has "'no recollection' of making the 'my girls' comment Simpson claimed. "Just as importantly, I've never spoken to Karl Rove or the Department of Justice about prosecuting Don Siegelman."
- "Alabama Automotive, Shonda Tolliver, Handling Changes at the Workplace, Bill Canary". Alabama Public Television. 2004-08-27. Retrieved 2007-06-29.[dead link]
- "Ex-governor says he was target of Republican plot". Los Angeles Times. 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-06-29.[dead link]
- Horton, Scott (2007-06-09). "Abramoff and "Justice" in the Heart of Dixie". Harper's. Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- "Ex-governor says he was target of Republican plot". Times Daily (Montgomery Bureau). 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
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