The senior political advisor Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with has already resigned from her position but the governor himself is staying put.
Maybe not if the state legislature has anything to say about it. To my own surprise, a state Republican says he will begin impeachment proceedings against the Republican governor next week.
On Wednesday, Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) told WHNT News 19 that he would begin impeachment proceedings against Bentley next week, due to “incompetence and moral turpitude.” The Democratic minority leader of Alabama’s House said he believes a majority of his colleagues favor impeachment.
“From the beginning of his second term he has done nothing but lie and deceive the people of Alabama and now we are seeing basically the fruits of that,” state Rep. Ed Henry said. “If we are going to do anything for the next two years as far as economic development, bringing in industry, being effective if you will, we will have to do it without Robert Bentley as the governor.”
Strong words. Governor Bentley has presented himself as a devout religious man who reveres family values, but recent events tell another story and now the Republican wing of the state assembly has formally asked for the governor's resignation.
You may recall that Governor Bentley recently gave the unilateral and illegal order to defund Planned Parenthood but the state of Alabama was forced to reimburse Planned Parenthood for their legal costs after the order was struck down in court. That can't have made state legislators very happy on either side of the political fence.
Is there a state in the union that doesn't ultimately regret installing Republicans in the governor's mansion?