Bentley Resigns As Alabama Governor

Katrina Soto
April 11, 2017

Bentley's resignation would follow the ouster of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who left office in 2016 after being convicted on ethics charges, and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended from his post past year over an order opposing same-sex marriage.

Bentley resigned Monday and pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations.

Bentley's expected exit comes as the state's House Judiciary Committee was wrapping up its first day of impeachment hearings following the release of a tawdry report detailing the governor's alleged affair with Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Bentley was desperate to keep news of the affair from spreading beyond the Governor's mansion, where it was apparently common knowledge among staffers, the report said.

As part of the plea deal, Bentley also agrees to not pursue elected office in the future.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating state campaign finance law. Bentley also must surrender campaign funds totaling almost $37,000 within a week. He could face jail time, but it's unlikely.

Impeachment hearings have begun against the disgraced Governor of Alabama - who claimed that permitting gay people to marry would "undermine" civil society.

It was not immediately clear what caused him to change his mind, though his lawyers reportedly spent Monday negotiating over the case with prosecutors. "I can assure the people of Alabama I have never done anything illegal".

The Associated Press reported that Bentley first announced his resignation during a Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon.

The Alabama Republican Party on Sunday called for Bentley to step down.

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Ivey, the automatic successor under the state Constitution, took the oath to become governor upon Bentley's resignation.

Bentley, 74, has battled impeachment efforts over the previous year.

The 74-year-old former dermatologist was an unlikely choice to rise to the state's top job. Even more disturbing than all the reports of boxer shorts and Mason leaving Bentley's office "with her hair tousled and her clothing in disarray", though, is the fact that Bentley wanted to use his power to order the arrest of people with incriminating recordings of him.

Alabama's governor has quit over his relationship with an aide in one of the state's biggest political scandals.

Bentley was re-elected as governor in a landslide in 2014, but his wife of 50 years divorced him after discovering salacious messages written to his mistress. That probation will end once Bentley finishes his public service and pays back more than $36,000. Unless you as a politician make your love life and your personal life a political matter.

On one tape, he is heard suggesting, "If we're going to do what we did the other day, we're going to have to start locking the door".

A few days later, defiant Bentley asked God for forgiveness for an unknown sin while he was touring a jail to promote his prison reform legislation.

In remarks following her swearing-in, Ivey pledged to restore Alabama's image.

Multiple sources with knowledge of discussions said earlier Monday an agreement had been reached for Gov. Bentley to resign from office. But Bentley's departure won't resolve every scandal plaguing his administration. Roy Moore, the controversial chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is now suspended because he encouraged lower court judges to ignore the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

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