You need to know the back story on last weekend’s ALGOP meeting. In fact Mike Hubbard and the ALGOP are trying to do everything they can to stay neutral in this run-off. [Robert] Bentley is making it very difficult. During the recount they had representatives in the ALGOP office at all times. They would burst into [ALGOP Executive Director] John Ross’s office screaming that he was trying to steal the election. I think you will agree that the state party did an excellent job of handling the recount and confirming that the June 1 vote count was, indeed, accurate. Bentley’s folks were paranoid and did everything they could to make life difficult for the ALGOP staff. I don’t think what happened Saturday night would have happened except for Bentley’s attack on [Gov. Bob] Riley and his family in his closing remarks on Friday night. The ALGOP staff will not discuss this publicly, nor will Hubbard. Riley was hot and I don’t really blame him for his remarks after what Bentley said on Friday.
Some party members raised questions about what would happen if Bentley won given the AEA meddling in the primary. The answer was support him in November. Bentley has done nothing to make it easy for the ALGOP leadership or staff to support him, but they have remained silent in the face of his abuse. In reality Hubbard and the ALGOP staff are doing a magnificent job of running this primary as evenhandedly as possible.
In it, Bentley says:
We are going to clean up Montgomery and it’s going to start in the Governor’s office. No longer are we going to have lobbyists in this state that will take kickbacks. We’re not going to have that. I will not benefit from my office. Not any of my children will benefit from my office. We are going to have an ethical administration.
The debate, question by question and including the entire closing, can be heard here.
The Bentley campaign reports that a survey performed by Dresner, Wicker & Associates for the campaign shows Bentley with a 19 point lead, 46% – 27%, over Bradley Byrne in the runoff to be help July 13.