Alabama GOP left to regroup after Gov. Bentley debacle

Ivey, who immediately assumed the role of the governor after Bentley's resignation, will hold that position until the next general election in 2018.

Robert Bentley has officially resigned as Alabama's governor, according to supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks. But that sort of attack on democracy is the Republican Party's bread and butter. Media found the new governor dining at Martin's restaurant where she happily told them what she'd had from the menu. She pulls no punches. He said as recently as the weekend, I believe, he was going to fight and then suddenly had to go. So when the 72-year-old placed her hand on a Bible to be swiftly sworn in as Alabama's 54th governor, friends and allies rallied around.

Republican state Rep. Ed Henry, who had introduced articles of impeachment against Bentley past year, said, "I think we have a great day for Alabama, where justice was done".

Ivey is from Wilcox County, the same rural area where Attorney General Jeff Sessions grew up.

"The Ivey administration will be open, it will be transparent, and it will be honest", Ivey said during a short speech after her swearing in by the minister at her Montgomery Baptist church. Rebekah Mason claps during then-Gov.

"She would persevere to always get the job done at a high level".

"She will prove more than capable", Bonner said.

Efforts were unsuccessful Monday afternoon to reach Ivey through her staff.

But Ivey has insisted that the failure of the program was not due to her mismanagement.

It didn't take long for the state house to send its first piece of legislation up the chain for signature.

It accused Bentley of ordering law enforcement officers to track down recordings that suggested he had had an affair with Mason and accused him of retaliating against an official who discovered the relationship. An investigation that began with reports about an alleged romance between Bentley and the woman resulted in Bentley's resignation on Monday.

Bentley's replacement, GOP Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, promised an open administration after months of news reports and rumors about the 74-year-old governor's alleged affair with an adviser almost three decades his junior.

"She knows there are going to be many people asking her for stuff right now".

"Today is both a dark day in Alabama but yet also, it's one of opportunity", Ivey said at her swearing-in ceremony at the Alabama State Capitol.

Tuesday was a busy day for new Governor Kay Ivey, her first full day as Alabama's chief executive.

Alabama's first female governor was Lurleen Wallace, wife of four-term Gov. George C. Wallace. She was governor for about a year after state law kept her husband, a Democrat, from running for consecutive terms, according to the New York Times.

ELLIOTT: But her tenure in the usually quiet treasurer's office was not without controversy. The Washington Post reports that she made the recording in order to catch any infidelity on her husband's part.

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