House Minority Leader Craig Ford Blasts State Senator Shadrack McGill for Saying Teacher Pay Raises are Unbiblical

February 3, 2012

From the Office of House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Gadsden, AL – House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) blasted State Senator Shadrack McGill (R-Woodville) earlier today after McGill said it would violate “a Biblical principal” to give teachers a pay raise. At the same time, McGill also argued that a 62% pay raise for legislators was necessary to prevent corruption and better reward lawmakers.

“I don’t know what Bible Shadrack McGill is reading, but it’s not the King James Version,” said Ford. “Not only is what he said wrong, it’s also blasphemous!”
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Response to the Republican Supermajority’s Claims About the Drop in the Unemployment Rate

January 30, 2012

From the Office of Representative Craig Ford


“The Republican Supermajority and their leaders are trying to mislead the people of Alabama about our state’s unemployment situation. When people drop out of the workforce they are no longer included in the calculation of the unemployment rate. Since August, for every job that has been created, more than two and a half people have left the workforce. What that tells us is that the drop in the unemployment rate has more to do with people retiring, moving out of state, or giving up and quitting their job search than it does with actual jobs being created.


Unlike the Republicans, Democrats don’t think an 8.1% unemployment rate is

something to brag about. There are more than 174,000 Alabamians who are

unemployed, and who knows how many more who want to work but have given

up their job search. Since taking office, the Republicans have failed to create

the jobs they promised, they have refused to close unfair tax loopholes that

only benefit multinational corporations at the expense of Alabama businesses

and schools, and they have criticized Dr. David Bronner for investing the state

retirement systems’ money into Alabama businesses. So can someone please

explain to me what the Republicans are bragging about?”


Representative Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden. He has served in the

Alabama House of Representatives since 2000. In 2010, Representative Ford

was elected Minority Leader of the state House of Representatives by the House Democratic Caucus.


Statement From Representative Craig Ford on Sen. Phil Williams’ Proposal for a 2.5% Pay Raise for Teachers with Less Than Nine Years of Employment

January 27, 2012

From the Office of Representative Craig Ford

“This proposal may be one of the most absurd things Phil Williams and the Republican Supermajority have ever tried to pull. How in the world does he justify giving a pay raise to only 37% of the teachers in our state? He doesn’t even want to give the raise based on merit or years of service. And how did he come up with nine years? Is he getting his policies from Herman Cain?

“The truth is that there is only one reason for this lopsided pay raise proposal: to divide teachers and get them fighting amongst themselves. I was a tank commander in the Army, and I know a classic divide and conquer strategy when I see one. This proposal is a slap in the face to every educator in the state of Alabama. It is disrespectful, and an insult to teachers’ intelligence.

For more information on Sen. Williams pay raise proposal, visit and scroll down to the “Budget” section, and see the subsection on the “Education Fund.”

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

Republicans Make Bronner Their Scapegoat

December 27, 2011

Press Release from the office of Representative Craig Ford (D-Gadsden)

Montgomery, AL – House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D-Gadsden) said that Republicans in Montgomery are attempting to turn Retirement Systems of Alabama chief executive Dr. David Bronner into a scapegoat after the Republicans passed, or attempted to pass, several pieces of legislation that hurt teachers and Alabama businesses.

“What happened is the Republicans came to Montgomery and passed, or tried to pass, all these bills that have hurt Alabama’s teachers and businesses. Then they went home and the teachers and business owners tore into them. So now the Republicans are desperately trying to find a scapegoat in the hope that the voters won’t remember what the Republicans did to them,” said Ford.
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