When Dr. Robert Bentley won the runoff in the GOP primary by a large margin it sent shock waves through the board room of the Alabama Republican Party. The retired Tuscaloosa physician took on all of the top guns in the Republican Party and took them all out to the woodshed. The Republican leadership supported Bradley Byrne and attacked Dr. Bentley, without justification, in the runoff. I don’t recall any other primary fight where the party leadership took sides and openly supported one of the candidates. Bradley Byrne, who had been anointed by the party bosses, had all the money needed to win with ease over a field of formidable candidates. In fact, Kay Ivey, who most considered to be a pretty strong candidate, left the primary and dropped back to the race for Lt. Governor. According to sources, that decision was made because of pressure from the party bosses.
When the race for Governor started in the GOP primary, only folks in his house district even recognized Dr. Robert Bentley’s name. Within that group, only a few really believed the retired Tuscaloosa doctor had even a slight chance of becoming the Republican nominee. Have things ever changed! Dr. Bentley swept to a most impressive 62-38% win over the man who most experts believed at the outset would be the winner. Some even felt early on that Bradley Byrne would win without a runoff. It appears that Dr. Bentley had only the people and perhaps the AEA on his side and it paid off. Unfortunately, Bradley hasn’t been a very gracious loser and that has caused even more internal problems within the party.
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