Rumors have continued to mount that Alabama’s scandal-plagued Republican Governor, Robert Bentley, would be impeached from office following a sex scandal!
Well, now Republican state legislators have promised to impeach the Republican if he does not voluntarily resign from office!
State lawmakers in Alabama said they had begun the impeachment process for the state’s governor on Tuesday.
Rep. Ed Henry, a Republican, announced during a news conference at the statehouse in Montgomery that a bipartisan group would follow through and move to impeach the governor unless Gov. Robert Bentley resigns on his own.
“We will start this process. We will introduce these articles of impeachment. We will begin to investigate [the governor] ourselves,” Henry said. “The real issue is whether we think Governor Bentley is a capable leader of the state, and I think he is not.”
Henry noted that Bentley has repeatedly said how much he loves the people of Alabama — but if that’s true, he should resign, he said. “If he does, it’s time to let them go, it’s time to put aside his selfishness,” he said. “He’ll relieve us of this pressure and burden … if not … we will move to impeach him.” Henry said there were multiple reasons to call for Bentley’s impeachment, including “incompetence.”
“It’s very embarrassing,” Henry said. “Everyone on this stage and everyone in both chambers wishes that it never happened — but it did.” Republican Rep. David Standridge, who said he is from one of the most conservative districts in the state and has supported Bentley, echoed the call for him to step down. “It’s hard, it’s hard for me,” he said. “The governor [should] seriously consider stepping down. If not, I think it’s our obligation within the House to move forward with our duties.”
The announcement follows a scandal involving the governor’s former adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, who resigned last month. Leaked audio tapes exposed Bentley talking about relations with a woman, allegedly Mason — though both parties denied having a sexual relationship.
“You know what, when I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you … and pull you real close … Hey, I love that too, putting my hands under you,” Bentley was recorded saying. “I love you. I love to talk to you. I do. … But baby, lemme tell you what we’re gonna have to do tonight: Start locking the door. … If we’re gonna do what we did the other day, we’re gonna have to start locking the door.”
On Wednesday of last week, Bentley acknowledged he had made inappropriate remarks but said he did not have an affair and has refused to resign.
And on Monday, he spoke about the scandal again — asking Alabamans to forgive him, according to Alabama TV station WAFF.
“I personally have addressed this issue. I addressed this tape that came out that was recorded three years ago,” Bentley said. “I have truly asked the people of this state, that are the most loving and the best people in the world, I have asked them to forgive me. It’s mine. I own it. I did it.”
“I point no fingers at anybody else. I make no excuses for that,” he continued. “I own my problem. It’s not your problem. You have other problems. It’s not your problem and I have to deal with that. I have humbly opened myself up to the people of this state and I have asked them to forgive me and let me continue to do the things that they elected me for twice and that’s to try to make their lives better.”
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