Important events in Bentley's tenure as Alabama governor

Robert Bentley (R) stepped down Monday after having pled guilty to two misdemeanor campaign finance violations involving a sex scandal.

In court, Bentley appeared sullen and looked down at the floor.

Ivey is taking the reins of a state in political turmoil, and not just because of the circumstances that catapulted her into office.

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Ultimately, as special counsel Jack Sharman outlined a string of salacious allegations before a state House Judiciary Committee resolved to impeach the second-term governor, Bentley cut a deal with prosecutors and stepped down.

"I ask for your help and patience as together we steady the ship of state and improve Alabama's image", she said after being sworn in Monday afternoon.

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 first was Lurleen Wallace, wife of Governor George Wallace, known for his staunch support of racial segregation.

It all began a year ago, after Bentley fired Spencer Collier, former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, who then went to AL.com and said the governor was having an affair with Mason.

"The Ivey administration will be open".

She ran as a surrogate for her still-powerful husband in 1966 when he couldn't seek re-election because of term limits.

MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill ending the state's one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to sentence a person to death when a jury has recommended life imprisonment.

IVEY: You see, I'm the only candidate running for governor that has truly been tested.

AL.com reported the dismissal occurred this morning, according to a spokesperson with the governor's office.

Formerly the state's top cop, Collier said he was terminated for disobeying Bentley's order that he not cooperate with the attorney general's investigation of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

The report, published Friday, April 7, included testimony from the governor's ex-wife and former staff detailing suspicious text messages and interactions between Bentley and Mason.

"Over time, the nature of the Bentley-Mason relationship also became more obvious to the governor's staff", the report read.

Dianne Bentley divorced her husband in 2015 after 50 years of marriage.

Bentley, in the face of mountains of evidence to the contrary, denies that a "physical affair" took place, but he has apologized for making "inappropriate remarks" to Mason.

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"Alabama has a traditionally cynical political culture in which the people seem to neither think much of nor expect much from their leaders", he said.

  • Larry Hoffman