Family Values

The Governor of Alabama is Being Impeached

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Alabama state legislature has officially begun the process of impeaching Governor Robert Bentley by holding their first hearing today but, according to AL dot com, Bentley is looking for an exit strategy.

Bentley is facing the possibility of being charged with multiple felonies and he's looking for a way out.

Sources in Montgomery say his lawyers have been involved in negotiations to step down from the governorship and plead to lesser charges, allowing Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to step up as governor.

Sources believe he will resign the governorship by Wednesday.

In case you forgot, Bentley is accused of using his power and resources as governor to cover up an affair. You may have forgotten because these allegations first surfaced over a year ago.

And to be clear, state Republicans have called for Bentley's removal for his abuse of power and resources, not because he had an affair; that would be so 1998.

The results of an investigation of Bentley were just recently made public and, among other things, investigators have accused Bentley of using law enforcement officers to cover up his affair.

"Governor Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks intended to protect his reputation," says the report, released Friday.

  • muselet

    From the CNN link:

    “I can assure the people of Alabama I have never done anything illegal,” he told CNN affiliate WBRC last month. “I have never done anything unethical. My story has not been told,” he said.

    [link omitted]

    But if he makes a deal, how will his story be told? Very mysterious, that.

    But wait (from the al [dot] com link):

    Yasamie August, the governor’s spokeswoman, said:

    “The Governor is not personally involved in any negotiations.”

    This is as good an indicator as any that Robert Bentley wants to keep his options open, as if he has leverage beyond gumming up the works in the legislature for the length of the impeachment proceedings. As al [dot] com puts it:

    It is possible that Bentley, who has changed his mind often during his term, could change his mind.

    For the sake of the people of Alabama, I hope he takes the deal and throws himself on the mercy of his wife.

    –alopecia

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    A real family values conservative.

    • Georgie

      Yes, one more for the GOP heap.