Apparently the message hasn’t sunk in for a few key individuals in the Alabama Republican Party that the 2010 Governor’s race in Alabama is over and that Robert Bentley won. There have been several happenings recently indicating that some in the party consider Bradley Byrne to be a co-Governor of sorts. Since the people of Alabama have elected a governor, it’s time to forget 2010 and time for all Alabamians to join with the man who was elected and work with him for a better Alabama. He has his hands full dealing with the financial mess he inherited from his predecessor.
There also seems to be a movement in certain GOP circles to look ahead to 2014. That is certainly premature since the new Governor has only been in office for about two months. There is much to be done and Gov. Bentley is hard at work dealing with some very large problems. Nevertheless, lots of rumors are floating around Goat Hill about several prominent individuals who are already running, or considering running, for Governor in 2014.
Some observers believe the state’s current fiscal problems will hurt the incumbent Governor so badly – even though he inherited the financial mess – that he will be a one-term chief executive. However, based on what we have seen thus far from Gov. Bentley, that sort of thinking may be way off base. I believe his straight talk and common sense approach to running the state appeals to an overwhelming majority of Alabamians. Perhaps Bentley detractors had best wait until the man has at least had a chance to straighten out the real mess he inherited and then allow him to start planning for the future. For the first time in many years long-range planning is part of an administration’s overall plan for Alabama and that’s certainly a step in the right direction.
There are too many major problems facing our state right now to allow the hard feelings which are still hanging around from 2010, or anybody’s looking ahead to a race in 2014, to hurt remedial programs pushed by the Bentley Administration. The Governor needs help from Republicans and Democrats alike as he tries to pass budgets to keep the operations of both state government and education afloat. Gov. Bentley’s task is one requiring a bipartisan effort, not only from legislators, but also from the leadership of both political parties.
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