Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley (R-AL) has apparently never heard the old axiom about people who live in glass houses and throwing stones, because his house just came shattering down.
Governor Bentley, or perhaps I should say, former Governor Bentley was one of the loud GOP voices who were calling for President Trump to step aside back when he was still candidate Trump. Bentley argued that the secretly recorded lewd commentary offered by Trump to NBC’s Billy Bush was so offensive that the candidate should be forced to drop out of the presidential race. Trump, of course, ignored Bentley’s comments and went on to win the Presidential election.
Things are not turning out so rosy for Bentley who Alabama’s state legislature was preparing to impeach. The tale of Bentley’s fall from grace is a sad and sordid one that saw a marriage of 50 years collapse, saw the sitting Governor and two families expelled from their church, and a state legislature forced to initiate impeachment proceedings against a once-popular Governor.
Thankfully, they won’t need to impeach him now because Bentley has decided to resign in disgrace instead.
Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation came Monday, a much-expected if long-delayed climax to a saga that had dogged him and Alabama for years.It began with Bentley’s alleged dalliances with political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason, but over the years it turned into a maelstrom, sucking in everything around it: the state’s top cop, the state attorney general’s office, a US Senate seat, multiple prosecutors, the Legislature and the Alabama Ethics Commission.Ultimately, as special counsel Jack Sharman outlined a string of salacious allegations before a state House Judiciary Committee resolved to impeach the second-term governor, Bentley cut a deal with prosecutors and stepped down.
— Governor Robert Bentley (@GovRBentley) April 10, 2017
"I've always believed the honor of serving as your governor is a calling that God placed on my life. Though I have sometimes failed, I have always tried to live up to the high expectations that people place on the person who holds this esteemed office. There have been times that I have let you and our people down, and I’m sorry for that.
I can no longer allow my family, my dear friends, my dedicated staff and cabinet to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought on them.
I want you to know, I love our people with all my heart.”
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