(Montgomery, AL) - Bradley Byrne, Alabama Republican gubernatorial candidate, released the following statement regarding his opposition to gambling in Alabama:
"With the recent news about the proposed expansion of gambling in Alabama, I wanted to make clear my stand on this important issue to Alabama families.
I oppose gambling in Alabama.
As Governor, I will continue the efforts of Governor Riley to stop illegal gambling statewide and enforce the laws on the books in a uniform manner.
Our laws are very clear that gambling and slot machines are illegal in this state.
I agree with Governor Riley that these electronic bingo machines are slot machines, no matter how they are altered and marketed.
I believe that the recent city council actions in Argo and Birmingham that would permit the spread of these slot machines are illegal, and they are detrimental to our state.
The voters of Alabama have rejected the expansion of gambling time and time again.
The will of the people must be recognized and not ignored via local government council action.
Alabama will come out of this economic downturn by utilizing our greatest asset, the people and workers in our state.
As Governor I will work every day to attract new businesses to Alabama, and we will compete with every state for every new job we can.
We will not wait on the federal government.
Alabama will emerge from these hard times stronger, and we will do it on our own terms.
We will not tax our way out of this recession, we will not spend our way to economic prosperity, and we will not rely on gambling to make Alabama prosperous.
That cost is far too high in human terms."