Oct
20
2014

Statement from House Minority Leader Craig Ford Regarding The Indictment of Speaker Mike Hubbard

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2014

“You never like to hear about things like this. You never want to see anything like this happen to anyone. It shakes the peoples’ faith in their elected leaders. It’s obvious this is not politically motivated, because it is a Republican Attorney General leading the investigation. It is sad to see that, in less than four years, our leaders have embraced the culture of corruption that they ran against in 2010.”

Representative Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden. He has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2000. In 2010, Representative Ford was elected House Minority Leader by the House Democratic Caucus. He was re-elected Minority Leader in 2012.

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Oct
19
2014

Being Sincere With The Voters

In two weeks, voters across our state will head to the polls and decide who will be leading Alabama for the next four years. As voters are evaluating the candidates, I think it is important that we carefully look at the candidates’ background, and how the candidates have presented themselves in their campaigns.

Last week, I questioned why my opponent, Doug Sherrod, didn’t bother to take the time to fill out the NRA’s questionnaire. In fact, I don’t think Doug Sherrod has filled out a single questionnaire during the whole campaign. I publicly questioned why a candidate would ask for our vote when he won’t tell us where he stands on the issues?

There was any number of ways Doug Sherrod could have responded to my question. He could have posted his policies online or published any questionnaires he has filled out. Instead, Doug decided to post a bizarre picture of himself sitting at his kitchen table surrounded by guns – many of which were lying on the table, pointed directly at himself!

Not only was this bizarre and unsafe, it wasn’t an answer. Doug wanted to look like he was pro-second amendment, so he posted that bizarre picture instead of telling us how he would vote on specific gun issues-or where he stands on any issues for that matter!

But refusing to answer questionnaires isn’t the first or only time Doug Sherrod has dodged political issues. Doug Sherrod wasn’t even registered to vote until 2004. Now, Doug Sherrod turned 18 in 1980. That means for 24 years, Doug Sherrod was old enough to vote but couldn’t be bothered to actually go do it. Now he wants the people of Etowah County to vote for him, and he won’t even tell us where he stands on the most important issues our state is facing.

This is just one more example of how Doug Sherrod likes to present himself one way and then act another way.

Voting is the most American thing a person can ever do. It is also one of the easiest and best ways we can support our country and honor our veterans. But for 24 years, Doug Sherrod couldn’t be bothered to go vote. Instead, Doug thinks all he has to do is post a picture on Facebook of himself wearing a tie that looks like an American Flag.

The truth is: Doug Sherrod didn’t register to vote until he started thinking about running for office. We can assume this because his first political campaign happened only a few years after he finally registered to vote.

My point is this: serving in political office at any level should be something you do out of a desire to serve the people you represent. And if you truly want to serve the people and are not in it to serve yourself, then you will tell the people where you stand. You will be passionate about voting and you won’t dodge the issues. Montgomery has enough self-serving politicians. We don’t need anymore.

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Rep. Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden and the Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives.

Oct
14
2014

House Minority Leader Craig Ford Responds to News of Dr. Paul Hubbert’s Death

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2014

“Dr. Paul Hubbert changed Alabama. From the dramatic improvements to public education, to the rise of AEA as a political force in Montgomery, Dr. Hubbert made a huge impact on our state. He fought for and won huge victories for educators, but he also fought for education and to make sure every child in Alabama had a chance to get a quality education. I was privileged to know him, and proud to call him my friend and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

Rep. Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden and the Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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Oct
13
2014

Where I Stand

As a state representative, there are a lot of causes I am proud to make a stand for. My two biggest priorities, and what I have devoted the majority of my time to, have been job creation and education.

But I have also been proud to take a stand for our second amendment rights, and proud to say that I have been endorsed by the NRA in every one of my campaigns.

This year, I was one of only four legislative candidates to receive an A+ rating from the NRA – the highest rating the NRA can give a candidate. Interestingly enough, three of the four candidates who received the A+ rating are Democrats: Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, Sen. Roger Bedford and myself.

Being a life-long gun owner and having served in the military, I have always believed strongly in both the second amendment and, most importantly, in promoting safe practices and classes in firearm safety.

But as important as this endorsement is to me, what’s most important of all is being honest with the voters about where I stand. Some people may disagree with my position on this issue, and I certainly appreciate their points of view and understand their concerns. But at least you know where I stand.

The same cannot be said of my opponent: Doug Sherrod.

The NRA sends their questionnaire to every political candidate in the state. We all had months to consider each question and to give honest answers. But my opponent couldn’t be bothered to even take the time to fill the questionnaire out. And that’s a big problem!

It’s one thing to take a different position on an issue. After all, that’s what elections are all about. But when you don’t take any position and don’t even bother to answer the questions, then you are disrespecting all the voters – not just those who are members of the NRA.

The people have a right to know where candidates stand. Sure, there are times when we might not know enough about an issue to give an informed opinion. And when that happens, the responsible thing to do is to say, “I don’t know. But I will learn more about it and get back with you.”

But it is NEVER ok for a candidate to refuse to answer the questions about where they stand on an issue.

I have a lot of supporters on both sides of the fence when it comes to firearms and the NRA. Most of those who disagree with me on firearms still support me because of my position on education and job creation. But whether or not you support me, at least you know where I stand – and not just on the second amendment!

I can respect anyone who puts themselves out there to run for office, even if I strongly disagree with them. I respect a person who takes a stand. What I can’t respect is someone who won’t be honest with the voters about where they stand or what they believe in.

The only way we can have an honest debate in politics – whether it’s on guns or any other issue – is if the candidates are honest about where they stand and why they believe what they believe.

I don’t like making a lot of campaign promises. Too many times, the politicians who promise the moon then spend their whole term in office trying to explain why they couldn’t deliver it. Instead, I will only make one promise: that I will always be honest about what I believe and where I stand, and that I will always respect, listen to and keep an open mind with those who might disagree with me. Can we say the same about some of these other candidates like Doug Sherrod?

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Rep. Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden and the Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives.