Freshman congressman Bradley Byrne has spent Tuesday making his first tour to see his new constituents. He fielded pointed questions from hundreds of people in rural areas and he got a taste of the concerns many voters have.
BYRNE’S TOWN HALL
For the first time as an anointed Representative, Bradley Byrne is making his first tour with a series of town hall meetings. His first stop was Bay Minette and folks weren’t shy with the questions and comments.
Burt Blackman spoke out about Federal encroachment and the virtual abandonment of the constitution.”
Ricky Richardson, a Tea Party Activist said, “We’ve got to make sure we keep our constitution and our bill of rights in the fore front. That’s what got us this 235 plus years.”
BYRNE’S SPEAKS ABOUT THE ISSUES
A big concern for many was the recent debt ceiling vote. It passed with no deficit strings attached, but Byrne voted against it.
Congressman Byrne told us, ”Clearly no one is satisfied with what happened last week when we had a clean debt ceiling. We weren’t able to put out a clear republican alternative. I’m not satisfied with that.”
Byrne also touched on gay marriage. Saying in his opinion it’s a state rights issue.
“The federal government needs to get out of these questions what’s the right kind of marriage, what’s the wrong kind of marriage,” Byrne stated. “If we want our own set of laws in Alabama that are different than Massachusetts then Alabama should be able to do that.”
Local issues like the I-10 bridge and turning the Delta into a national park came up as well. All concerns Congressman Byrne will be taking back to Washington.
TOWN HALLS CONTINUE
Byrne’s town hall tour continues Wednesday in Washington and Clarke counties. He’ll continue to make the rounds of rural communities through the end of the week.
Here is Rep. Byrne’s Town Hall meeting schedule:
Tuesday, February 18
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Bay Minette City Hall
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Excel Town Hall
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Brewton City Hall
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Atmore Municipal Auditorium
Wednesday, February 19
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Citronelle City Hall
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – McIntosh Town Hall
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Jackson Senior Center
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Grove Hill Senior Center
Thursday, February 20
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Bayou La Batre City Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dauphin Island Town Hall
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Semmes Community Center
Friday, February 21
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Silverhill Town Hall
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Foley City Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Orange Beach City Hall
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Gulf Shores City Hall
All listed events are public.