Students vocal but candidates quiet on rewriting Constitution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - College students from across Alabama have been protesting Alabama's lengthy 1901 constitution this week.

The students have taken turns reading the document and calling for a constitutional convention to write a new organic law.

The students have been loud in their call for a new constitution.

But politicians have been mostly silent on the issue.

The two candidates for governor, Republican Gov. Bob Riley and Democratic Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, have talked very little about constitutional reform in campaign appearances.

That upsets one of the students, 21-year-old U-A-B senior Andrew Brashier.

He says the candidates are ignoring an important issue.

Riley's campaign spokesman, Josh Blades, says the governor supports reforming parts of the constitution by rewriting it article-by-article.

Baxley says she favors calling a convention of elected delegates to write a new constitution.

Courtesy: Associated Press