Beer proteome deciphered

Beer news from the American Chemical Society (tip Instapundit):

In an advance that may give brewers powerful new ability to engineer the flavor and aroma of beer — the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage — scientists are publishing the most comprehensive deciphering of the beer’s “proteome” ever reported. Their report on the proteome (the set of proteins that make beer “beer”) appears in ACS’ monthly Journal of Proteome Research

They identified 20 barley proteins, 40 proteins from yeast, and two proteins from corn, representing the largest-ever portrait of the beer proteome. “These findings might help brewers in devising fermentation processes in which the release of yeast proteins could be minimized, if such components could alter the flavor of beer, or maximized in case of species improving beer’s aroma”…

I don’t know a proteome from a prion, but this is good news. Can we get genetically engineered ‘FrankenBeer’ in time for Halloween?

Local beer news update from Blue Pants Brewery:

Received my ABC license this afternoon.  We are officially good to go, and this Saturday [October 2nd] at Noon at the Nook is (Still) officially on!  Mason’s I believe will also start pouring at 5pm.   I’ll be at the bar all day trying to not drink all of my own product so that I can talk to all of you guys about the beer, the brewery, what you want to see in the future.  Feel free to come up and chat…

I also did an email interview with an editor from Draft Magazine who is doing a piece in the November issue about the breweries springing up in Huntsville.   Huntsville is going to be a big beer town soon, and as of the end of October will have more breweries than the entire state did at the beginning of the year.

Even more local beer news updated:

Yellowhammer Brewery will start pouring at The Nook at noon on October 16th.  They will start pouring at Mason’s on October 19th.  I dropped by the Yellowhammer Brewery today – it’s on Clinton Avenue fairly close to Governors Drive.  Brewmaster Keith Yager introduced me to their excellent Yellowhammer IPA and described their upcoming Belgian White Beer (witbier) made with ginger and coriander.

Huntsville is truly The Beer Capital of Alabama, thanks largely to Free the Hops and our own brew pioneers Olde Towne Brewing Company.  I should also mention the great folks at Supreme Beverage and Alabev / Birmingham Beverage who distribute our local craft beers.  Alabev distributes Huntsville’s Straight to Ale and Birmingham’s Good People in addition to Blue Pants and Yellowhammer.

I hope you’ll notice that the passage of the Gourmet Beer Bill generated a lot of business activity.  Those Alabama Legislators who voted for the Gourmet Beer Bill deserve credit for shaping the environment for job creation.  This year, Free the Hops is lobbying for the Brewery Modernization Act:

The Legislature finds that it is in the best interest of the public welfare of the State of Alabama to promote the growth of the state’s brewing industry…

The Age of Discovery


First launched in 1984, the Space Shuttle Discovery’s final flight  is scheduled for launch on November 1, 2010 carrying the Pressurized Multipurpose Module Leonardo to the ISS… What? Oh, this post is really about the OTHER “Age of Discovery”…

From Sarah Cure at The Huntsville Times, “Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Pinta and Nina arrive at Ditto Landing Thursday”:

…replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Pinta and Niña will be docking at Ditto Landing Marina Thursday for a week-plus stay before continuing their voyage along the Tennessee River.

…the ships will be open to the public every day [from now until Monday, October 4] from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for students ages 5-16. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free.

The Columbus Foundation built the ships as a “sailing museum, for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the new world”.  The Nina, which is the “most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built”, has a deck length of 65′ and a beam of 18′.  The Nina was Columbus’ favorite ship and he repeatedly praised the ship for her great speed, maneuverability, and safety (the link provides great information about caravels).

Fun fact = ships are measured by tonnage which originally meant the ‘tun’ or tax paid on casks of wine.  Later a ton meant the measure of volume derived from the volume of a large cask of wine – toneladas en Espanol – the Nina could carry 75 toneladas.  Ship tonnage is a more complex measurement nowadays.

The beer capital of Alabama

Huntsville, home to two great craft breweries – Olde Towne and Straight to Ale, is already the beer capital of Alabama.  Two more local breweries are opening up:  Blue Pants and Yellowhammer, adding to a burgeoning craft beer scene.

From Blue Pants:

Opening at noon October 2, at the Nook
We will also be on tap at Mason’s Bar

We’re doing our event at Noon, and Yellowhammer will be doing an opening event at 4. [update - Oct 16th] We will both then have our beers available at Mason’s later that night. It wont so much be an “event” at Mason’s it’ll just be beer available for consumption. Of course I’ll be giving them t-shirts as well.

Here is our preliminary planned product, Knickerbocker Red. Its a moderately hoppy, but balanced, agressive American Red Ale with a good Cascade taste and a strong malty backbone. The good head retention and foam lets you know that this beer has a lot of body, which complements the rich hop aroma and taste.

As with all of Blue Pant’s beers, this will be conditioned in the keg, unfiltered, and balanced.

For those interested in Free the Hops, the next meeting is Tuesday, September 28th at 6PM in the cafe at Earth Fare on University Drive.

District 3 Forum at Ditto

From Barry Pendergraft:

On Tuesday, September 28th,Former Huntsville Police Lieutenant Barry Pendergraft and former Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander John Olshefski will talk about the issues at the Kingston Pavilion on the Tennessee Riverfront at Ditto Landing’s Marina.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Wally Kirkpatrick, the Chairman of the Huntsville-Madison County Marina and Port Authority Chairman.

Pinwheels or pinheads?

From The Huntsville Times article Academy for Academics and Arts students make pinwheels for peace:

The colorful creations by AAA students were one part of the school’s celebration of the International Day of Peace… The pinwheels were one aspect of the celebration, which started in the auditorium with music, songs and quotations from famous people. The day’s events were also part of a larger reflection on peace observed by Roots and Shoots, an organization founded by Dr. Jane Goodall. The school is a member of the organization, said Sheree Humphries, the middle school’s learning strategies teacher.

Group membership in Roots and Shoots costs $50 per year.   The Huntsville City Schools can’t even guarantee textbooks for students and pinhead school administrators are focused on peace-building (which involves “marshalling resources” for “predictable financing” of “the broad peace agenda”).  Fun fact – the International Day of Peace website has a “Success Stories” page – which is as empty as their “Ideas for action”.

How about instead of spending a day creating “a visual public statement about peace”, school officials try teaching reading and math?  The last time I looked, AAA students were scoring in the 60s on SAT tests (and AAA is one of the better scoring City schools).

Huntsville Board of Education forum

I attended the Huntsville Council of PTAs forum at Grissom High School featuring District 2 candidates David Blair and Emily Elam, and District 3 candidates Jennie Robinson (incumbent) and Walker McGinnis.  Before I get into the details of the two hour forum, there’s a good story.

I met State Senate 9 Democratic candidate Tim Mitchell campaigning at the event.  Turns out, I like Judge Mitchell.  Anyway, we were talking and political consultant Dave Driscoll noticed that someone was stuck trying to park (a teenager had pulled in at a bad angle and was stuck on another car).  We found the owner of the other car (Coach McGinnis’ wife) and she pulled her car up a few feet allowing the young man to back away (and park in a spot with more room).  Judge Mitchell was instructing the young man on how to turn his wheels so as to not cause more trouble (neither car seemed to be damaged – I wiped off some of the marks with a wet finger).  YMMV but I thought it was a good story with a happy ending.  It was certainly more exciting than what I was about to endure for you, dear readers.


About 80 people attended the forum moderated by Mark Thornhill of WAFF TV48 and Challen Stephens of The Huntsville Times.  Due to my poor stenographic skills and lack of enthusiasm for transcription, I’ll only be providing highlights from the forum – sound bites, so to speak – er, write…  The format was question, response from candidates, rebuttal from opponents – by District.

Candidates gave an opening statement:

David Blair (District 2) = “I’ve faced a lot of the same issues we’re facing today”
Emily Elam (District 2) = “Our school board needs new vision and new perspective”
Walker McGinnis (District 3) = “South Huntsville has not gotten their fair share”
Jennie Robinson (District 3) = “developed strategic plans… parent and a business person”

QUESTION 1 = what are your top three priorities?

Blair (D2) = finances due to proration, Superintendent search, academics; ensure that “schools that are strong stay strong, schools that need help get help”
Elam (D2) = budget (as a “living budget”), establish evaulation procedures for Superintendent (why did we have to buyout Ann Roy Moore?), find Superintendent
Blair Rebuttal = budget is set for year (not “living”)
Elam Rebuttal = budget is based on projected revenues so needs revisiting

McGinnis (D3) = budget “sad to have to borrow money for payroll”, Superintendent search with parental input – looking for an educator with a business background, struggling schools
Robinson (D3) = Superintendent search “biggest decision” looking for a strong educational leader, academic achievement – 13 chronically underachieving schools and transfers from them overload other schools, budget – look at program support
Note that I’ll omit some rebuttals in the interest of me finishing this…

QUESTION 2 = proration and bracing for cutbacks?

Elam (D2) = “look at admin and overhead” before cutting teachers, wants more than 50 pages of budget detail
Blair (D2) = budget is fairly detailed, look at unfunded federal / state mandates (~$20 million), possibly combine textbook purchases with Madison County / City

McGinnis (D3) = cut administration, HR has 11 employees and contractor – don’t need both, tenure is a monster that can be challenged
Robinson (D3) = raised issue of contractor staffing last year, fighting tenure is expensive because AEA has deep pockets, review magnet / special education programs, explore shared services with Madison County / City
McGinnis Rebuttal = “I’ve fired teachers with tenure”
Robinson Rebuttal = 11 HR employees is in line with other school systems

QUESTION 3 = no sense of community; bring community together; celebrate strength and individuality of each school?

McGinnis (D3) = the common element is that parents care about their kids, support Schools Foundation
Robinson (D3) = common purpose will unite community, every part of this town has good things happening, Schools Foundation Speaking Up, PTAs pull together
McGinnis Rebuttal = need to involve more parents, transparency
Robinson Rebuttal = communications and transparency, need to act on input provided by parents

Blair (D2) = has to start at the top, the school board needs to be united, schools are interacting at the administration and PTA level
Elam (D2) = ensure entire City gets a good education, Schools Foundation Speaking Up, make schools more comfortable
Blair Rebuttal = shore up schools with academic challenges 
Elam Rebuttal = achievement gap is happening across nation

QUESTION 4 = Superintendent search – which present or past world leader has characteristics?

Robinson (D3) = Winston Churchill – spirit is the difference between an optimist and a pessimist,  look for opportunities, build on strengths, deal with challenges
McGinnis (D3) = Abe Lincoln and JFK, inspirational, need business sense, current board is not cohesive
Robinson Rebuttal = Alabama Association of School Boards can help search for Superintendent for nominal cost
McGinnis Rebuttal = Dr. Thompson was the product of an outside agency search [IIRC Thompson got an early buyout like Moore for poor performance]

Blair (D2) = Bill Gates to fix finances, General Myles for experience at executive management
Elam (D2) = JFK and Einstein, creativity, innovation, can’t solve problems using the same process that created them – noted Blair’s involvement in Dr. Moore’s selection
Blair Rebuttal = about 4 years ago things went awry

QUESTION 5 – rumor that Dr. Moore might be reinstated by the next school board – would you bring her back?  What do you think about Moore’s 6 month contract extension?

Blair (D2) = no, questions the 6 month extension
Elam (D2) = no, concerned that the 6 month extension might undermine the authority of new Superintendent

McGinnis (D3) = absolutely not, need to move forward, 6 month extension shows that the board got caught in that situation, outsourced Superintendent evaluations
Robinson (D3) = absolutely not, gave Moore the lowest evaluations, said no to 12 month extension and opposed 6 month extension until tenure rights came up, extension was the best solution in a bad situation

QUESTION 6 – transparency?

Elam (D2) =  the school system hasn’t been transparent, board presented that everything was fine, disappointed that budget meetings were held at 4PM when people are working, budget should be online, meeting minutes don’t provide much information
Blair (D2) = want to hold budget hearings at each high school, quarterly meetings with public, agenda is not transparent

McGinnis (D3) = budget meetings held at bad times, budget needs to be at website, we need parents on budget committee
Robinson (D3) = meet with each PTA board so no surprises, move to electronic board meetings, searchable board minutes, post budget online, make it easy to find information, community committees
McGinnis Rebuttal = the board violated the spirit of the sunshine law regarding Superintendent Moore
Robinson Rebuttal = negotiating contracts is within bounds of sunshine law

QUESTION 7 – leadership experience?

Robinson (D3) = management consultant provding leadership training, board member of Alabama Association of School Boards, 8 years on Huntsville School Board
McGinnis (D3) = 35 years as teacher, coach, principal; USAR Major

Elam (D2) = Courts Jury Manager, volunteer court youth advocate, DHR Quality Assurance committee, quick learner
Blair (D2) = President of Helpline, Treasurer Schools Foundation, HEALS board, HEMSI board, 4 years on Huntsville School Board

QUESTION 8 – hundreds of students applied for transfers under AYP / NCLB?

 Blair (D2) = consumers (parents / students) are voting with their feet, choices needed at Butler and Johnson either a) shore up schools with community involvement or b) close down
Elam (D2) = Butler has 400 students and 70 staff maybe try magnet programs

McGinnis (D3) = had to deal with a struggling school day-to-day,  Dr. Robinson ads say test scores fell steadily at Chapman Middle School while McGinnis was principal, shows Robinson signed commendation letter noting school scores rose
Robinson (D3) = need to control level of transfer students, NCLB responsible for small number, most transfer under desegregation court order, need to get out from under court order, parents who transfer say they don’t like old buildings and have a lack of confidence in neighborhood school principals
McGinnis Rebuttal = look at the scores from Chapman
Robinson Rebuttal = difference between (ARMT?) scores and SAT scores, SAT scores slipped at Chapman and 100 families left the school
McGinnis Rebuttal = State goes by (ARMT?)  scores, several families transferred to Williams
Robinson Rebuttal = stand by statement that scores dropped, 100 families left, says McGinnis traveled for AEA instead of working

QUESTION 9 – compare Huntsville and Madison – what are they doing that we should do?

 Blair (D2) – Madison does great PR
Elam (D2) – short-sighted of Huntsville to spend reserves, we’re not performing to the standard they’re setting, Kiplinger recognized Huntsville as great area but noted that City schools were lackluster, GreatSchools website rates HSV 6/10, Madison County 8/10, Madison City 9/10

Robinson (D3) = Madison has one high school and enjoys economies of scale, Madison is a homogenous community, few special programs, no court order
McGinnis (D3) = Huntsville has serious perception problems, as a realtor South Huntsville is not much of a drawing card, we’ve got to get our schools in better shape
Robinson (D3) = need to develop a program to work with realtors, train students as hosts
McGinnis (D3) = we already train students as hosts, out of towners aren’t impressed by basic maintenance, schools need renovation

QUESTION 10 – what do you think about merit pay?

Elam (D2) = do we want teachers to teach to the test?  A+ AP program is ideal
Blair (D2) = we’re in a financial crisis, now’s not the time, need to incemtivize teachers to stay in impoverished schools in addition to the special training they already receive
Elam Rebuttal = get rid of teachers who aren’t doing their job, makes it tough on good teachers
Blair Rebuttal = we are following the path of other cities [into an inner city school system]

McGinnis (D3) = no one can seem to come up with a system of fairness, tenure wasn’t designed to be a job guarantee, about the only thing I’ve agreed with Obama on was Race to the Top
Robinson (D3) = teacher effectiveness is more important than money, suggests Colorado’s tenure model of five year reviews
McGinnis Rebuttal = principals should routinely evaluate teachers
Robinson Rebuttal = since Alabama did away with PEPE there is no model to evaluate teachers

QUESTION 11 – why do you want this job?

McGinnis (D3) = “if something is wrong, I like to straighten it out”,  AEA travel was on weekends.
Robinson (D3) = “I will not leave your children in a crisis”, schools are economic engine, HSV schools are 74th in the State
McGinnis Rebuttal = South Huntsville has suffered from Robinson’s rhetoric
Robinson Rebuttal = proudest of the restoring funding for two counselors at Grissom, “I have been a lone voice on the board”

Blair (D2) = everything can be solved with a solid education
Elam (D2) = “Baby Jack” [Elam's newborn], make sure my son gets a good education, I believe in public schools

QUESTION 12 – what initial advice would you offer a new Superintendent about the Central Office?

McGinnis (D3) = Superintendent should make their own independent assessment
Robinson (D3) = hire someone to take us higher than 74th in the State, Board of Education sets goals then evaluates based on vision and accountability.

Blair (D2) = don’t micromanage
Elam (D2) = Superintendent needs to take decisive action on Butler HS


 Blair (D2) = need to talk about solutions
Elam (D2) = thanks for paying attention

McGinnis (D3) = my opponent has had 8 years, South Huntsville hasn’t received fair share
Robinson (D3) = 75% of voters don’t have children in schools, received every endorsement except AEA



Emily Elam has grown as a candidate – she did really well.  However, in the District 2 municipal election I voted for David Blair, and full disclosure, I’m voting for David Blair in the runoff.  More disclosure – I have one of his yard signs.  Blair has a solid grasp of the issues before the board, and more than that, he understands the complexities of the issues.  His experience, knowledge, and dedication will be critical to the Board of Education as they make important upcoming decisions.


Overall, I have no confidence in the current Huntsville Board of Education or Huntsville City Schools administration.  Dr. Jennie Robinson seems to be the only Board member with any understanding of the challenges facing the schools, but she has one vote.  The FY 2011 budget is $220 million; total State prorationing (funding cut) was 9.5% in FY2010;  next year may be as bad or worse; the budget doesn’t reflect the near certainty of a looming funding crisis.

I doubt that the voters of the City will support raising taxes for schools and both of the District 3 candidates have pledged not to raise taxes.  Rumors abound that Madison County may raise sales taxes by 1/2 cent.  Regardless, the outlook for additional funding is uncertain.  Hard decisions lie ahead.

The Schools Foundation Speaking Up program was mentioned often as a way to improve communication with parents – the first issue Speaking Up needs to address is parents who have spoken up and who have been harassed by school administrators


State Senate 9 Democratic candidate Tim Mitchell is the Probate Judge in Marshall County.  Mitchell is pro-life and pro-adoption (Marshall County has a very high success rate with adoptions).  Mitchell is tough on illegal immigrants – he was the first Probate Judge in Alabama to deny marriage licenses to illegal immigrants.  Mitchell supports Democratic State Representative Jeff McLaughlin’s ban on PAC-to-PAC transfers.  Mitchell supports Republican State Representative Mike Ball’s Housing Authority notification (and eminent domain) bill.  Mitchell denied eminent domain to a post office in a case that went to the Supreme Court – upholding his ruling.

Tim Mitchell is running against Republican candidate Clay Scofield.  I would vote for Scofield if I lived in Senate District 9.


Huntsville City Council District 3 candidate John Olshefski attended the last part of the forum, after going to the City Council meeting and the GOP BBQ.  It’s almost an inside joke that you’re all in on, my noting who shows up for these things, but I believe that it is important to be there.

Update: Barry Pendergraft attended the City Council meeting, GOP BBQ, and the School Board forum.  On a related note, my qualifications to be a baseball umpire are now well-established (I can’t see).

Bentley spreads love

Givhan Bentley and Thomas

Givhan Bentley and Thomas












Republican candidate for Governor Dr. Robert Bentley spoke to a bi-partisan crowd of more than 100 people at the Huntsville Visitor’s Center on the square yesterday.

Dr. Bentley had a full day in and around Huntsville yesterday, starting at Floyd Hardin’s barber shop then visiting Larry’s, eating with the Elks, speaking at this event downtown, then to the Builders’ Association, then Hartselle, and IIRC ending up in Oneonta.  Bentley commented about Larry’s that “a gun shop is a good place for Republicans”.

Bentley began his speech noting the “tremendous uncertainty” in the country and that jobs are his focus.  Bentley said he believes in “free enterprise” and “helping business create jobs”.

Bentley referred to James 1:  ”when trials come into your life you can become stronger”.  Bentley said he would “find efficiency in government” and “the only time you can make government more efficient is when you don’t have enough money”.

Bentley is “opposed to federalization of health care”.

Bentley said “I believe that we should take care of our friends and neighbors through our churches and individually, not through the federal government”.

Bentley urged the crowd to “send me as Governor some more good GOP legislators”.

Bentley said that opponent Ron Sparks is “a poster child for some Democrats.  He is pro-choice.  I am pro-life”.  Bentley then noted that many Democrats are pro-life.  Bentley said that Sparks “does not want to do anything significant about illegal immigration” and related the story about Sparks going into the 13 foot ladder business if there was a 12 foot border wall.

Bentley reminded people to vote:  “I never leave without asking for everyone’s vote”.  Bentley ended his speech saying “I love the people of Alabama”.


Bi-partisan?  Yes:  Mary Jane Caylor (D – AL BOE 8) and her husband provided refreshments for the event.  I also saw several Democrats including Deborah Paseur and MadCo License Director Mark Craig.  Republicans? Yes: State Reps Mike Ball, Howard Sanderford, and Mac McCutcheon;  DA Rob Broussard; Judges Dennis O’Dell and Ruth Ann Hall; and Sheriff Blake Dorning.  Sorry if I missed recognizing any Democrat or Republican officials who attended…

I asked one of the Democrat officials if they were there out of respect for Bentley (as an official welcoming a gubernatorial candidate) – the answer was no – this person has had several opportunities to see Sparks but didn’t want to… That Democrat was there as a Bentley voter.

Rising up

Brooks says Fire Pelosi

Brooks says Fire Pelosi










Republican Congressional candidate Mo Brooks spoke to more than 200 people as the “Need a Job? Fire Pelosi” bus visited Huntsville.  Brooks began his speech saying that the good turnout was a “reflection of the anxiety we all have for our country… the people are rising up… and the first step is firing Nancy Pelosi”. 

Brooks compared the economy when Pelosi and the Democrats took Congress in 2006 (4.3% unemployment) to today’s 10% unemployment.  Brooks closed by saying “if we take Nancy Pelosi out of office, we take out the entire leadership team… If we fire Nancy Pelosi, we fire Barney Frank and replace him with Alabama Representative Spencer Bachus”.

Alabama RNC Representative Paul Reynolds said “Progressive is another word for communism”.

WHNT TV19, The Huntsville Times Challen Stephens, Decatur Daily, and Huntsville Newswire reported on the Fire Pelosi event.

Eric Fleischauer of the Decatur Daily wrote “Mo Brooks calls Pelosi a socialist during RNC rally”:

“The Democrats with their failed socialist policies have given us 10 percent unemployment,” Brooks said, his voice hoarse. “Why do people in Washington want to copy an economic system that doesn’t work?

“Nancy Pelosi,” he yelled, “stop your job-killing antics!”

Bentley meet and greet on the square

From the Dr. Robert Bentley for Governor campaign:

We are having a Meet and Greet for Dr. Bentley at 216 West Side Square, Huntsville Alabama 35801 (Historic Regions Bank Building) from 1:15 to 2:15 on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.  If you are interested in meeting Dr. Bentley and/or hearing him speak, please come to this event.  Your admission price is to bring a friend.

Also, for those involved in the real estate and/or construction industries, we will have another meet and greet at the Huntsville Madison County Builders Association, located at 2804 Bob Wallace Avenue, later that afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30.

We have a tight schedule for him that day, but we hope that you can be with us during one of these time periods to meet the next governor of our great state!  Please do not be concerned about dress.  Dr. Bentley, being a strong supporter of Alabama’s work force, wants to meet you regardless of whether your collar is white, blue or dirty, so please come out and join us on Wednesday afternoon!


We’ve been writing about Robert Bentley since he announced his candidacy for Governor.   BTW, Dr. Bentley supports local restaurants – he and his campaign ate Stanlieo’s subs that day (this is the type of hard-hitting ‘reporting’ you can expect from me).

Brian and I interviewed Dr. Bentley when we filled in for Dale Jackson on WVNN (we’re the true Kingmakers!):

Dr. Bentley described his plan to create scholarships for Primary Care Physicians who commit to working in underserved areas.  He also talked about Health Savings Accounts and we asked him if the State could implement some sort of ‘Individual Development Account’ for Health Care.  We asked Bentley about his Economic Development ideas – he prefers that the State encourage existing / local industries to grow, as opposed to giving (m/b)illions to foreign companies (id est Thyssen-Kruppe).

Brooks endorsed by Police organization

From the Mo Brooks for Congress – 5th District campaign:

Republican congressional nominee Mo Brooks has received the endorsement of the Alabama State Fraternal Order of Police.

In a letter to Brooks informing him of the endorsement, FOP President Bill Davis said the “endorsement was made after careful consideration and qualifications and experience of all of the candidates.” Davis told Brooks, “the membership felt that you are the best person to serve in the office.” The Alabama FOP has approximately 8,600 members.

Upon learning of the endorsement, Brooks said, “I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of such a well-respected organization of law enforcement professionals. Public safety is one the core functions of our government, and I stand second to no one in my strong support of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and our homes. I look forward to working closely with the FOP in the years ahead to provide them the support they need to accomplish their mission as effectively as possible.”

Brooks, a Madison County Commissioner and former Alabama State Legislator, is the Republican nominee for Congress in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. The election is November 2nd.