Bentley spoke publicly for the first time since the Ethics Commission found probable cause that he violated the ethics law and campaign finance law.
Bentley did not name anybody but called on those who he said enjoy embarrassing him and his family to stop.
“Those who would take pleasure in humiliating and shaming me, shaming my family, shaming my friends, well, I really don’t understand why they would do that,” the governor said, reading from a prepared statement.
“Once again, let me say to the people of this state how sorry I am to all of our people,” Bentley said. “To all of you. There’s no doubt that I have let you down. But all I ask is that you continue to pray for me and I will continue to pray for you.”
Bentley repeated what he has said before, that he believes he is doing a job God called him to do.
“My motivation is to do what I truly believe what God called me to do,” Bentley said. “That’s to work hard and to serve our state and to serve and love the people of this great state of Alabama. God bless them and may God bless this great state as I continue to try to serve in the way that God has placed me in this position.”