Several weeks after it was revealed that Alabama’s Republican Governor Robert Bentley was embroiled in a major sex scandal, we have now learned that Republican lawmakers in his home state are considering impeachment for his conduct while in office.
Given the seriousness of the scandal surrounding Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), many observers have been watching other state Republicans closely, looking for cues about the state of the governor’s support from his ostensible allies. If Bentley is going to somehow survive the controversy, he’ll need Alabama Republicans to rally to his defense.
That’s clearly not happening. Not only is Bentley facing resignation calls from many Republican officials, but the Alabama Media Group reports that one state GOP lawmaker is moving forward with impeachment plans.
State Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, is moving to start impeachment against embattled Gov. Robert Bentley amid the scandal engulfing the governor’s office surrounding his former senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. If the House impeaches Bentley, it would bring the governor one step closer to being removed from office by the legislature.
House Minority Leader Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, confirmed to AL.com that Henry was planning on bringing the articles of impeachment against the governor as early as next week
The same report noted that by Ford’s assessment, more than half of the state House’s members are in favor of impeachment, though this will be clearer next week when the chamber returns from its spring break.
Also yesterday, Bentley’s top political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, announced her resignation. Mason is the woman with whom the governor admitting having inappropriate communications, though he claims not to have had a “physical relationship” with her.
“I have resigned as Senior Political Advisor to Governor Bentley and will no longer be paid from his campaign fund,” Mason’s statement read. “I have also ended my work with the Alabama Council For Excellent Government. My only plans are to focus my full attention on my precious children and my husband who I love dearly. They are the most important people in my life. Thank you for your prayers for our family.”
Given that there’s no evidence of official misconduct from Mason, it’s not altogether clear why she has to go while the governor doesn’t.