Alabama Governor Resigns

April 11, 2017

Monday, just three days after Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he would not resign, he did resign. The legislature gave him little alternative, as they had begun impeachment proceedings. Both Bentley and the legislature are Republican, so it wasn’t a partisan political fight. Bentley had been accused of having an affair with a senior staffer and using $9000 in campaign funds to cover it up, which reportedly exposed him to as many as four felony ethics charges. He at first denied any affair or financial wrongdoing, but he resigned Monday after accepting a deal to plead guilty to two misdemeanors. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail (suspended), a year of probation, paying restitution, 100 hours of community service, and a ban on ever holding public office again.

Some people are taking special note that Gov. Bentley abandoned Donald Trump in mid-campaign after the tape of Trump’s private comments from 10 years before surfaced, saying he couldn’t support someone who talked about women like that. If Gov. Bentley is guilty of what he’s accused of, that would be a pretty glaring example of hypocrisy. Still, it’s always sad to see someone so successful brought down by personal weaknesses. But that doesn’t negate the fact that political leaders are given a great deal of public trust. If you betray that trust, the only honorable thing to do is resign, not drag the public through a long, divisive and embarrassing partisan battle just to cling onto power. That happened in the ‘90s, and a lot of voters obviously still remembered it.

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  • Sarah Moss

    04/18/2017 06:23 PM

    Once someone attains a position of power they seem to forget that they are subject (still) to the same rules that apply to everyone else. I'm glad he's gone. While many people say that a politician's private life is their own business (Bill Clinton is a good example), when private lives spill into the public domain it becomes everybody's business. I also believe that how a person conducts their personal life is reflective of their ethics in the public domain. Lying and cheating is lying and cheating.

    On another front, I loved the Comcast tweets. I live in Mountain Home and I have difficulty getting any kind of technology to work here. This is the time warp. We get DirecTV. There is no competition. I have to use Hughesnet because Century Link is horrible and Sudden Link doesn't come out this far (I live about three miles from the city line). Is there anything you can do to make route 5 an interstate from Cabot to Lebanon, AR? Please help do something to get more technology to places in AR besides Little Rock and Fayetteville! Thank you!

  • John Payne

    04/12/2017 06:06 PM

    We are all weak in some area(s) of our lives which for the most part if they are moral weaknesses have their basis in sin. There are quite a number of persons in positions of power that should step down, e.g. Weinstein, Waters, Palosi (SP?), Boxer, Schumer, WA State Governor and his compatriots, and pretty much anyone else who is putting themselves first and not serving the constituency that elected them. Term limits at all levels of government should be passed and put into effect immediately.

  • tim gildersleeve

    04/12/2017 12:49 PM

    I personally believe that when someone in leadership (whatever sector) is involved in adultery that they should resign. I think in the military this is automatic. But I don't think they should be banned for life. King David committed adultery, but did recover (but not without consequences). VP Mike Pence took some criticism when he talked about rules in his marriage when spending time with a woman who is not his wife. Very wise of him!!

  • Bill Arbuckle

    04/12/2017 08:19 AM

    What is that which keeps man from the clarity of reason?

    The author of confusion. The influence permeates every walk of life, and it never ends well. Ecclesiastes illuminates many ageless truth(s).

    Here's believing together the ex-governor of AL makes humble good of his precious time left.

  • William Drews

    04/12/2017 01:05 AM

    Some times it is hard to keep from doing something that is not good for you. In this case the person that will take over for him is a very bright lady.
    By the way many of us appreciate what wonderful work you have done for our country and the world. God bless.