BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) — To a packed house in Bay Minette, Bradley Byrne ended speculation on another bid for Alabama governor.
“I’ve made the decision I will not run for governor next year, Governor Ivey has told me she will run and I think it’s important that we have continuity and I think it’s important we have stability,” said Congressman Bradley Byrne.
Byrne stopped short of an outright Kay Ivey endorsement but praised the work she has been doing. He bowed out of the governor’s race with one caveat.
“If for some reason, Governor Ivey Changes her mind, I might change my mind,” said Byrne.
Byrne’s no stranger to statewide office. In 2010 he was thought to be one of the top candidates for governor in the Republican primary only to be beaten in a runoff by a then relatively unknown Robert Bentley.
Byrne says the 2010 campaign was difficult.
“My family went through a very tough time in the 2010 election and it was traumatic it’s difficult to ask your family to go back through that again,” said Byrne.
Byrne says he intends on seeking a third congressional term and working on national issues of local importance like preserving jobs at shipbuilder Austal and preserving red snapper fishing.