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Bentley Bows to “Obentley” Bashing Blogger

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a statewide email blast, Yellowhammer News announced, “Gov. Robert Bentley will join us this year for our inaugural Yellowhammer Power of Service event.” (Changed from Power and Influence) 

Over the last month, Yellowhammer News has bashed Gov. Bentley by calling him a Democrat, a liberal and even giving him the nickname, “Obentley,” comparing him to President Barack Obama.

Heralded by its promoters as a “can’t-miss event…to honor individuals on Yellowhammer’s annual Power Influence 50 list who have leveraged their stature to make a positive impact on our state.”

It seems difficult to believe that after showing such open hostility towards Bentley that he would attend the event, or that he would even be invited in the first place.

On Yellowhammer, Elizabeth BeShears writes, “Sims compared the administration’s tactics to those of the Obama administration during the government shutdown in fall of 2013, prompting him to refer to the Governor as ‘OBentley.’

“This is the most egregious scare tactic and the most Obama-like move that I have seen the Bentley administration pull,” he said. “I’m going to have no choice but to call him ‘Robert OBentley’ from now on.”

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Taking to Twitter, Yellowhammer noted, “Just realized… Bentley’s tax hike is so illogical, Mr. Spock actually died while the governor was announcing it.”

As the saying goes with friends like this, who needs enemies. 

Yellowhammer has confirmed these guests:

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey

Congressman Robert Aderholt

Congressman Gary Palmer

Attorney General Luther Strange

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Sen. Greg Reed, Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Cam Ward, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman 

Sen. Jabo Waggoner, Senate Rules Chairman

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard

Rep. Bill Poole, House Education Budget Chairman

Past honorees include: Speaker Mike Hubbard, Billy Canary, Dax Swatek and Bob Riley, each are listed in the 23 felony indictments against Hubbard.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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