Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) quietly ordered the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds this morning, his office confirmed to local press.
When asked if this was due to the controversy over the flag following the shooting of nine black Americans at a church in Charleston, S.C., Bently said, “Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
It was flying atop a Confederate monument on the statehouse grounds, reportedly a short walk from the governor’s mansion.