Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Despite Republican scandals Alabama solidly red, for now

Despite Republican scandals Alabama solidly red, for now

The Alabama Ethics Commission last week found Bentley probably violated ethics and campaign finance laws after it completed an investigation into allegations that he used public funds to hide his relationship with Rebekah Mason, a senior adviser who later resigned.

New Gov. Kay Ivey could change the date of the special election for the U.S. Senate "with a stroke of a pen", Secretary of State John Merrill said Tuesday. He'll be required to serve one year's probation, complete 100 hours of community service and repay the $8,912 he used from his campaign fund to pay legal fees for former adviser Rebekah Mason, whom he allegedly had an affair with.

Bentley announced his resignation in a speech given not long after he'd been arrested Monday afternoon at Montgomery County Jail on misdemeanor charges, his arrest part of a deal that ended impeachment hearings.

Dianne Bentley filed for divorce in 2015 after 50 years of marriage, and Mason immediately resigned once the tapes became public.

She held two terms as state treasurer and ran for governor in 2010, entering a crowded GOP primary field that included ex-Gov.

"Today is both a dark day in Alabama, but yet also, it's one of opportunity", Ivey said after being sworn in.

"I do not plan to resign", Bentley said on the Alabama state Capitol steps just last weekend.

Alabama's first female governor was Lurleen Wallace, wife of four-term Gov. George C. Wallace.

"She's going to be thinking about these priorities now not from a Lieutenant Governor's perspective, but from a Governor's perspective". "That's why I trust her".

Within a span of minutes, Alabama's lieutenant governor catapulted from a position of largely ceremonial duties to the state's top political job. Odd had asked in November that a state House Judiciary Committee pause its investigation into Bentley, which it did.

The administration of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley began on the most discordant of notes, rose to moments of rare political and humanitarian courage, and on Monday came crashing to earth in a humiliating and rightful ending. She died in office in 1968.

"Baby, let me know what I am going to do when I start locking the door". Zengerle said he interviewed others who said the governor started acting strangely.

But in February, before the attorney general office's investigation was done, Bentley appointed unusual to the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, whom President Donald Trump had nominated to become attorney general of the United States.

"We're ready to pick up where we left off", said Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R - Capshaw). As NPR's Debbie Elliott reports, she's under pressure to restore the public's trust.

Back in March 2016, he denied any illegal activity, saying "I can assure the people of Alabama that, as their governor, I have never done anything illegal", according to the New York Times.

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