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Introducing the new governors around the nation

from The Associated Press via The Boston Globe

A look at the newest faces in the nation's governorships: Republican state Rep. Robert Bentley, a retired Tuscaloosa dermatologist, wasn't supposed to be on the general election ballot for governor of Alabama. The 67-year-old Bentley entered the Republican primary regarded as an also-ran making his first statewide race. But he mortgaged his home and drew from his retirement to put $1.9 million of his own money into the race, and he caught voters' attention with a promise not to take a salary as governor until Alabama's near-record unemployment returned to normal levels. He finished second but narrowly made the GOP runoff, then won it with the help of the state teachers' organization. more


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