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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Republican Candidates Respond to Byrne's Challenge

Bradley Byrne's fellow Republican candidates for governor had a mixed response to a challenge that he has issued to them to not accept any money -- directly or indirectly -- from the Alabama Education Association.

Byrne is competing with six other candidates for the Republican nomination and this is what five of them had to say:

Mark Powell, a spokesman for state Treasurer Kay Ivey, said she would be willing to sign the pledge. "Given my campaign's strong support for charter schools for Alabama and my determination to reduce the bloated education bureaucracy, I'm the last candidate AEA would support," Ivey said in a statement. "I gladly welcome Bradley Byrne joining me in standing up to AEA's big-money politics as usual."

Brett Hall, spokesman for Greenville businessman Tim James, said he'd be shocked if AEA contributed any funds to their campaign. "I figure if they were going to give us any money we'd have to return it because we don't agree with AEA on anything except that students in Alabama need better than what they're getting," he said.

State Rep. Robert Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa, said Byrne's pledge is a political ploy, and he would not be a party to it. Bentley said he received money from AEA as a state legislator, and he suspects many Republicans, including Byrne, have also because of PAC-to-PAC transfers. In fact he said the only public official in the state that he knows who hasn't received any PAC contributions is state Rep. Jeff McLaughlin, D-Guntersville. "I won't make my campaign about any one person or any one group," Bentley said. "We all need to work together to make Alabama a better state."

John Wahl, a spokesman for Judge Roy Moore, said Moore has a track record of not being bought or sold by political money. “I have not received any contributions from the Alabama Education Association, and based upon my past record with Paul Hubbert, I do not expect too," Moore said in a statement.

Bill Johnson said, "Are we talking about the Bradley Byrne, candidate for governor, who accepted Alabama Education money in a past campaign as documented by a Byrne finance report located here: (page 1)? And are we talking about the same Bradley Byrne, Republican candidate for governor, who accepted state Democratic Committee money in a past campaign as documented by a Byrne finance report located here: (page 7)? Please, I believe Alabama citizens have had enough of candidates and elected officials who do one thing and then say another. Our campaign slogan is 'Together for a Better Alabama.' We fully intend to request the support and votes from ALL citizens in this state and commit to work together with all citizens to make Alabama a better place to live and work for all of us when elected."

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. They are scared to death of Bradley Byrne. Good to know Bill Johnson is still doing the dirty work for Lil' Fob.

October 7, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like this is the proof that Byrne is a lying scumbag

October 7, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Byrne be "a lying scumbag" when he openly admitted those two financial reports Johnson references. They were both over 10 years ago, not to mention one was just from the Democratic party when Byrne was a Democrat. He switched parties because he was no longer welcome in the Democratic party and his conservative values no longer fit his title being a Democrat. Johnson is just blowing smoke because he has ZERO substance to anything he says (especially his attacks on Riley).


October 7, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

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