Byrne says 'no' to powerful AEA's money - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Byrne says 'no' to powerful AEA's money

Byrne says AEA President Paul Hubbert has a political agenda. Byrne says AEA President Paul Hubbert has a political agenda.
AEA President Paul Hubbert says Byrne has slapped the face of 100,000 teachers who belong to the AEA. AEA President Paul Hubbert says Byrne has slapped the face of 100,000 teachers who belong to the AEA.

MONTGOMERY, AL - Republican candidate for governor Bradley Byrne says the Alabama Education Association stands for the worst in the teaching profession, not the best.

Byrne held a news conference on the Capitol steps Tuesday where he staked out the teachers' lobbying group as the target for his campaign. Byrne predicted that AEA will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, possibly millions, to try to keep him from winning the 2010 race for governor. 

Byrne is the state's former two-year college chancellor. In that job, he fought against AEA to get criminal background checks for college employees and to ban employees from serving in the
Legislature.

Byrne signed a pledge Tuesday not to take any campaign money from AEA directly or indirectly and challenged the other five Republican candidates for governor to do the same.

WSFA 12 News contacted the AEA for their response. " This organization represents the interests of its members...," said AEA President Paul Hubbert. " He [Byrne] apparently has chosen to slap the face of every teacher and everyone else who has joined AEA."

The powerful AEA boasts a membership of more than 103,000 teachers and other education professionals.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. WSFA 12 News contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.

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