Byrne announces candidacy for governor in 2010
"I will not back down," he said.
The Republican lauded his experience as chancellor, as a state senator and as a member of the State Board of Education.
Byrne was joined by his wife, his four children and about 50 supporters on the Capitol steps in Montgomery. He repeatedly applauded Gov. Bob Riley, but said he wanted to continue his work to reform Alabama.
Byrne submitted his resignation to the State Board of Education, who selected him as chancellor two years ago, last week. He wrote in his resignation letter that he would resign no later than Aug. 31, but said he did not expect to still be chancellor on Monday.
Byrne said after he was inaugurated in 2011 he would call lawmakers into a special session to address ethics reform, including banning the practice of transferring money between political action committees, not reporting gifts to lawmakers, capping gifts to public officials, and stopping doubling dipping, a practice that allows state legislators to hold another government job.
As chancellor, Byrne tried to force legislators who also worked in two-year system to decide between the two entities.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen