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Byrne focusing on current position, not governor's race

By M.J. Ellington (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — The possibility of a run for governor in 2010 was "not a consideration" when Bradley Byrne agreed to become chancellor of the state two-year college system last month.

Byrne said Tuesday that while some people approached him about running for governor after Gov. Riley's current term ends, he's focused on the job he assumed two weeks ago.

Rumors about a Byrne run for governor surfaced last week in Montgomery, but he denied any link between his current job and any future run.

"This job is what I am focused on now," Byrne said. "I am thinking about what I have to do to get through today."

Byrne would not rule out a run for the state's top job in the future, but said three years is a long time off.

A former two-term state Board of Education member, Byrne left his post as a two-term senator from Fairhope and his Mobile law firm to take his current job.

Byrne's name also surfaces periodically during talk about U.S. Senate races in Alabama. He dismissed the possibility. "I am not interested in leaving Alabama," he said.

He was born Feb. 16, 1955, in Mobile and is a graduate of Duke University and The University of Alabama School of Law. He was his wife, Rebecca, have four children.

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