Gov. Robert Bentley has already let it be known that he will seek a second term and that really didn’t come as a big surprise. From all accounts, it will be extremely hard to beat Gov. Bentley in 2014. While a lot can happen before that race officially begins, all of the current polling indicates that the governor is in very good shape with the people of Alabama. His favorability ratings are in the 70 percent range. While Gov. Bentley has had a few bumps along the way, I believe the man has done an overall good job. I have disagreed with some of his decisions, but I am convinced that he has always acted in good faith and sincerely believed that his actions were best for Alabama.
The only potential candidate whose name is being thrown around at the State House in recent weeks is that of Bradley Byrne, who lost to Gov. Bentley in the 2010 Republican primary. Bradley is said to be the Riley candidate and that shouldn’t be a big surprise since it’s well known that there is no “love lost” between the Riley camp and Gov. Bentley. Also, some of my Republican friends tell me the GOP leadership doesn’t really like Gov. Bentley very much and that many have never accepted his winning the Governor’s race in 2010. It was pointed out in a news story by a very good journalist, George Talbort, that campaign fundraising could be a problem for Gov. Bentley. Obviously, that wouldn’t be a problem for a Riley-backed candidate. It will be most interesting to see what develops over the coming months heading toward 2014.
Source: Mobile Press-Register
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