What’s Next After Allegations of an Affair by Governor?

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Governor Robert Bentley says he did not have a physical relationship with a top advisor and that allegations of an affair are not true. But he says he did make inappropriate comments and that was a mistake. The remarks come after former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency director Spencer Collier detailed what he knew of the alleged affair in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Rumors of an affair have been swirling, fueled by the governor’s divorce last year from his wife of 50 years. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald talks about the situation and says he doesn’t seen how Bentley can now lead.

 

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