Disgraced Alabama Governor says he was best ‘by far’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is giving himself stellar marks three months after pleading guilty to criminal charges and resigning.

Bentley tells WVTM-TV in an interview that he was “by far” the best governor ever of Alabama.

The 74-year-old Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign finance charges following a sex-tinged scandal with a female adviser.

Bentley says he accomplished more in seven years than the state’s five previous governors. That would include Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., who is widely credited with launching the state’s automotive industry by helping lure Mercedes-Benz to Alabama.

Bentley is a doctor, and he has returned to practicing dermatology in Tuscaloosa since quitting in April. He was replaced by Kay Ivey, who has dismantled some advisory panels created by her fellow Republican.

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