Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

GOP lawmaker Bradley Byrne to run for Mobile area Congressional seat

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former Republican candidate for governor Bradley Byrne has entered the special election in the 1st Congressional District. Byrne announced his candidacy Tuesday at an event on the Mobile Causeway. He is seeking the seat being vacated by Republican Jo Bonner of Mobile, who is taking a job with the University of Alabama System. The governor has not yet set a date for the special election. Byrne says Congress needs to balance the budget by not raising taxes and by holding the line on spending. He called for simplifying the tax code and lowering rates for everyone. He also called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Byrne is a former state senator and former two-year college chancellor. He finished second in the Republican race for governor in 2010.