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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Davis Camp Weighs in on Byrne's Pledge, AEA

Republican's candidate Bradley Byrne's pledge to refuse money from the Alabama Education Association, and challenge to fellow Republican's to do the same is creating a buzz in both parties.

Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, issued the following statement about Byrne's recent announcement.

“I have disagreed with AEA’s leadership on charter schools, and I am an advocate of reforms that will strengthen confidence in higher education. That may explain why I have not received AEA’s financial support in the governor’s race.

"But after experiencing seven years in Washington of bitter infighting and the demonization of political adversaries, I think that Bradley Byrne’s denunciation of AEA is the opposite of the consensus building a governor needs to practice.

"I want to go to Montgomery to build a new coalition to revitalize our schools from pre-K to higher education, and it is wrong to think that AEA and teachers can be excluded from the table.”

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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