Byrne Burned By 'Evolutionist' Smear

Bradley Byrne, a Republican candidate in the Alabama governor's race, vehemently denies that he is an "evolutionist." The issue was raised in an AstroTurf attack ad sponsored by a bunch of political action committees that, oddly enough, get much of their funding from a teachers' union. The ad claimed that Byrne "supports teaching evolution." Talking Points Memo covers the issue:

The candidate, Bradley Byrne, responded with a lengthy press release vehemently defending his belief in creationism and the infallible truth of the Bible.

"As a Christian and as a public servant, I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God," Byrne wrote. "As a member of the Alabama Board of Education, the record clearly shows that I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books. Those who attack me have distorted, twisted and misrepresented my comments and are spewing utter lies to the people of this state."