Ponder rebukes federal government

A Baldwin County teacher said that one of the main reasons he wants to become lieutenant governor of Alabama is to stop the federal government’s “coercion, intimidation and blackmail” of states.

Gene Ponder of Daphne wrote in a recent e-mail that federal authorities have violated the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires that powers not specifically granted to the federal government be left to the states or the people.

The e-mail included a proposed resolution, championing states’ rights, that he wants the Legislature to adopt.

But lieutenant governor candidates on both sides of the aisle questioned the strong tone of Ponder’s resolution and whether he could wrest away any of Washington, D.C.’s control from the lieutenant governor’s office.

Gene Ponder, candidate for Alabama lieutenant governor, rebukes federal government