Governor Robert Bentley spent today behind closed doors in his office where he tweeted a picture of a cabinet meeting. Bentley’s office had no comment on our poll and said the Governor has always followed all ethics laws.
He hasn’t appeared in public since Wednesday when he addressed his relationship with his top political advisor, Rebekah Mason, and maybe with good reason.
Our exclusive News 5 Strategy poll shows more than four out of five registered voters in the state think Governor Bentley is lying!
Bentley denied a physical relationship during his press conference on Sunday, but Montgomery political reporter Bill Britt called the Governor’s denial almost laughable.
“It was such a seemingly disingenuous moment. I mean how do you say the things he said on the phone to Mrs. Mason and then turn around and say it’s not physical? I mean, it is physical,” said Britt.
Some argue the Governor’s relationship with Rebekah Mason is his own personal business but again the vast majority isn’t buying it. Our poll shows almost two-thirds, 65 percent, say the relationship is a public concern. 35-percent say it’s a private matter.
The legislature is gone for spring break so it will be April 5th before any official action is taken here to censure or even impeach the Governor. In the meantime though, the Ethics Commission should begin an investigation after state auditor Jim Zeigler files a report this afternoon.
It definitely is a public matter if any laws were broken. Yesterday, Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement saying he couldn’t comment on any possible investigation.
Bill Britt with the Alabama Reporter has cited sources saying that there is a federal investigation underway. The Governor’s office says it has no knowledge of that.
3,800 people statewide responded to our poll. It has a margin of error of just 2-percent.