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.

  • Daniel petets

    04/11/2017 09:48 PM

    Well we've had a rough time in Alabama with politicians lately. We just got a gov back from jail Don Seigalman and the House Speaker rode off in the sunset in his black Corvette after his dethroning. I suspect our next governorship race will need a clear speaking little man candidate like the old days of our late great Gov. George Corley Wallace!

  • Margaret Sullivan

    04/11/2017 03:36 PM

    I totally agree with you; it is too bad a lot of politicians don't see it that way. It would make the process so much easier. I love reading your posts and share them with my friends. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Marilyn Sterns

    04/11/2017 02:05 PM

    You go, Mike Huckabee! Great respect for your comments and posts. ????

  • Barbara Fenkner

    04/11/2017 01:51 PM

    I find it interesting that in this age of liberal sexual values, and considering how the actions of those such as JFK and many others, were covered up and ignored, now they are tightened up. Parties and persons aside, please comment on the past and present contrasts.

  • Mark Nelson

    04/11/2017 01:36 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee! Well said. There is no better time to pray for our political leaders than now. We need leaders that will restore our moral compass based on God's word.

  • Harriet Aguirre

    04/11/2017 01:35 PM

    Republicans and other conservatives have a tendency to police our own. Too bad the Democrats and Extreme Liberals have not done the same. No, they are too busy removing the splinters from other people's eyes and leaving the planks in their own.

  • Gary Sharp

    04/11/2017 01:29 PM

    Actually this is a sad story. Nothing here to rejoice in, but he should have stepped away earlier. Having grown up in Arkansas, Bill Clinton comes to mind. Bill's "situations" were well known before becoming President. Bill's activities were much worse than what occurred in Alabama. In this world, Bill has not paid a price, or very little. Life is not fair. I would like to see the Little Rock Airport change it's name. I do not live in Arkansas, but it bothers me to see the Clinton's held in high regard.

  • Dede Hayes

    04/11/2017 01:08 PM

    Kudos to the Alabama legislature for taking action! It's about time that the corruption in our government is stopped. THEY are doing their job!

  • Dianne L. Pierce

    04/11/2017 01:03 PM

    My husband and I wanted you as President. We both appreciate getting "the other side of the story" as we only get liberal press up here. (Near Lake Superior in Michigan.) we all make mistakes and we should have to own them, but infidelity is wrong on both sides of the political spectrum. If one side is penalized for it, so should the other side. Thank you for all you do for our country. It is greatly appreciated.

  • Benjamin Winslett

    04/11/2017 12:45 PM

    It's a sad day in Alabama. Mr Bentley's first term was great. In his second term, he raised taxes and shamed us with an affair coverup. He, along with two other top GOP lawmakers, have been driver from office here in the last 9 months (Chief Justice Moore, Speaker Hubbard). It reminds me that while I am a Conservative, the men and women who make up this party are sinners, just like everyone else. My hope isn't in politics. I hope American Christians can wake up and remember that fact.

    I am also driven to meditate on the fact that leaders are often attacked with their greatest weakness. In this case, lust and pride. Sounds like King David, only David repented whereas Bentley has been very proud and obstinate. Even his resignation speech was bizarre.

    Here's hoping for better things out of Ms Kay Ivey.

  • Sam Kemp

    04/11/2017 12:30 PM

    Governor. It has been my observation over the years that most failures are moral failures.