Bentley is not taking a paycheck as governor until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent. Griffith has been campaigning on not taking any salary, no matter what the unemployment rate. George he said he would take the governor's salary of nearly $121,000 if elected. "In life you get what you pay for," he said.
He said he would make up the difference for taxpayers by not using as much security as Bentley does. He said he would do that by carrying the same pistol he carries on the campaign trail.
"As Alabama's gun-toting governor, I will be safe with less security by keeping my .40-caliber Glock on a shoulder holster next to my heart, both physically and emotionally," he said.
Two other candidates, Democrat Kevin Bass of Fayette and Republican Bob Starkey of Scottsboro, did not respond to requests for comment.