Campaign Updates

Byrne Earns Small Business Endorsement in Special Congressional Race

Posted on December 4th, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Dec. 3, 2013–The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s and Alabama’s leading small-business association, has endorsed Bradley Byrne in the 1st District special election being held on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The endorsement was made by NFIB’s political action committee, the SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.

“Bradley Byrne clearly understands the challenges facing Alabama’s small, family-owned businesses and is the clear choice in this special election to represent the 1st District in Congress,” said Rosemary Elebash, state director of NFIB/Alabama.

“He earned an 80 percent NFIB voting record while serving in the state Senate, and as a lawyer representing small- and mid-sized employers, he is very familiar with the kinds of burdensome federal regulations that make it even harder for small businesses to expand and create the kinds of jobs Alabama needs,” Elebash said.

“He supports the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment,” she said. “He also understands the need for comprehensive tax reform, and supports a simpler and fairer system to help ease the enormous time and paperwork burden on small business owners to file their taxes.”

Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president of Political and Grassroots said, “Bradley Byrne’s real-world experience and common sense approach to problem solving will be very welcome in Washington. That’s why voters supported him in the runoff and why they’ll support him on Dec. 17.”

NFIB’s endorsement is critical to a candidate’s campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and voting records on small business issues.