Shadrack McGill: A Study in the Futile: Going up against the Courts with Déjà vu Antics instead of actually Governing


Cindi Branham, Communications
Madison County Democratic Party

HUNTSVILLE, AL, February 5, 2013 —Madison County Democrats are frustrated by the lack of substantive governing demonstrated by one of their elected officials.

“After embarrassing himself and the State of Alabama during his disastrous freshman appearance in the legislature last year, Alabama State Sen. Shadrack McGill is ready to prove that his legislative acumen is akin to putting a milk bucket under a bull,” said Clete Wetli, chair of the Madison County Democratic Party. “

“While the people of Alabama are crying out for jobs, healthcare, and a working infrastructure, McGill has cast his lot with the likes of Gerald “Party Switcher” Dial and Clay “Ultrasound Wand” Scofield to support the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment, which would make it legal to display the Ten Commandments in any public building in the state,” added Wetli.

The matter was litigated in Alabama several years ago, resulting in the unprecedented removal of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore when he attempted to maintain a Ten Commandments statue in the Alabama Supreme Court building.

“The essential problem here is that McGill is ignoring the real problems facing his constituents and seems to think that displaying the Ten Commandments in a public office is somehow going to fix a regressive tax code, underfunded education, and rampant poverty, not to mention the state’s propensity for consistently ranking last in nearly every estimation in the nation” Wetli continued.

Wetli made several observations and recommendations concerning McGill: “Perhaps McGill is trying to cash in on the laughing-stock fame he received when the national media rightly ridiculed him for saying that teachers shouldn’t get raises based on Biblical principles; perhaps McGill would be better served figuring out some cogent answers for the conflict of interest lawsuit he is facing; or perhaps McGill ought to lay out some specifics for his three point legislative agenda that consists only of broad and generalized extreme right wing talking points. Unfortunately, McGill seems more interested in regurgitating oppressive rhetoric and laws and lulling big money lobbyists.”

Horace Clemmons, Democrat from Jackson County, has announced he will run for AL Senate 8th District and has pledged to address the issues that people really care about. Horace Clemmons will give us leadership, while Shadrack McGill is seemingly more interested in interior decorating using the Ten Commandments.

The Alabama and Madison County Democrats believe in the equality of all people, the power of education, the dignity of work, and our responsibility to each other, especially the least of these people. The Democratic Party of Madison County promotes and supports progressive ideals and candidates throughout our communities.

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