Realtors endorse Bradley Byrne for governor in 2010
Many people have expected Byrne to receive the support of business interests such as Realtors.
"Byrne is the only candidate who has a consistent and open public record of being a watchdog for education funding and accountability in educational programs," according to a statement from the association. "He possesses the charisma to promote Alabama to those who are looking for a place to locate their company. Byrne will be the most competitive governor in our region in recruiting and bringing new jobs to Alabama."
AAR President Keith Kelley said "With the difficult economic times and the major budgeting concerns facing the state in the coming years, Alabama needs a governor that has proven he can make the difficult decisions that are in the best interest of all Alabamians and Bradley Byrne has proven he is that person."
The association has more than 15,000 members and promotes home ownership and private property rights.
"After weeks and months of evaluating and reviewing the background, records and platforms of candidates for governor, ARPAC Trustees and the AAR executive committee voted unanimously to endorse Bradley Byrne for governor of Alabama," according to the association's release.
Previous AAR endorsees include Govs. Bob Riley and Fob James, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, and U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus, Terry Everett, Robert Aderholt, Bud Cramer, Mike Rogers, Jo Bonner and Parker Griffith.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen