In the hours after a former friend and fired top cop told the media he could prove Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) was having an affair, Bentley has twisted himself into a pretzel to admit everything but the affair.
Yes, Bentley had said sexually explicit things to a staffer, the governor admitted as an audio recording of him purporting to do as much became public. But the relationship was never physical, the governor said.
"At times in the past, have I said things that I should not have said?" he told reporters Wednesday. "Absolutely. That’s what I’m saying today."
When a reporter asked if the governor was in love with the adviser he's rumored to have had an affair with, Bentley said this:
"I love many members of my staff, in fact, all the members of my staff. Do I love some more than others, absolutely."
And when a reporter asked if that taped phone conversation was the only instance of wrong behavior, Bentley said: "No."