Husband of woman alleged to have affair fired
- Author: Stacy Houston Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 15:32
Hubbard was convicted of felony ethics violations last June and is free on bond while appealing.
But a series of events unfolded over the past few days that intensified the pressure on the Republican Governor to make a decision about whether to keep defending himself in a state House and state court or to step down.
Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey has assumed the role of governor.
"It will be transparent".
As for living in the governor's mansion on South Perry Street, Ivey said she will move there "at some point".
But sensing an opening in a deeply conservative state where Christian values play well at election time, state Democrats pounced.
"If you look at the history of attorneys general, if you are an incumbent, it is always good politics to investigate and prosecute corruption", said Jess Brown, retired professor of history and political science at Athens State University. He believes it is instead a partnership between the governor's office and other state and local partners.
Wahl said there were other aspects of Bentley's leadership he found troublesome, including how the sex scandal boiled over to an alleged misuse of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
Mason is the husband of Bentley adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
The governor of the conservative southern U.S. state pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors on Monday to two misdemeanor campaign violations.
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"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 meant to protect his reputation", the report reads.
What happened next? Calls for impeachment started the next month, which Bentley said he would fight. He invoked his Christian faith during a farewell address in the Capitol.
Bentley, facing impeachment charges that would undoubtedly have resulted in his ouster, resigned Monday in a plea agreement with the Alabama Attorney General's office.
Bentley also agreed not to run for public office again, gave up his state retirement and waived his right to ask for security which is provided to all former governors who request protection.
"I hope she doesn't do to the state what was done to that program", Clemons said.
A year ago recordings surfaced of him making sexually-charged comments to his political advisory. He quit as state involving that brought him to the brink of impeachment and prompted a series of criminal investigations.
The plea agreement specified that Bentley must surrender campaign funds totaling almost $37,000 within a week and perform 100 hours of community service as a physician. The dermatologist also can not seek public office again. The first was Lurleen Wallace, wife of segregationist and four-term Gov. George C. Wallace.
And while the driver's license office closures were not a big political win for Bentley-they were a national story and were ultimately reversed-that sort of attack on democracy should be a bigger scandal and blot on a politician's name than carrying on a tacky, obvious affair.
Her daughter, Sarah, graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham previous year.