Ala. Gov. Bentley Agrees To Plea Deal And Resigns Amid Scandal
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 1:46
New to politics, Robert Bentley wanted someone with media experience on his gubernatorial campaign and hired Mason, a former local TV reporter almost 30 years his junior, who also attended the same church as the Bentleys.
The report says Bentley sent heart-eyed emojis to Caldwell (texts that were linked up to his now ex-wife's iPad) and made threats to the first lady's staff to keep the affair secret. He did not mention the charges to which he pleaded guilty, or the deal with prosecutors that mandated his resignation.
Bentley, 74, was accused of using state resources in order to cover up an alleged affair with Mason while both of them were married.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has been involved in Alabama politics for quite some time, but her critics aren't excited to see her sworn in as Alabama's newest governor.
Bentley can not seek public office again.
Prior to announcing his resignation, the former governor pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor violation of the campaign finance law for failing to report a major campaign contribution and one misdemeanor violation of the ethics law for switching a campaign contribution for personal use, according to AL.com.
Hannah testified that Bentley, upset because he believed she had helped his wife record the incriminating remarks he made to Mason, told Hannah to watch herself and warned her he was the governor and "people bow to his throne".
The audio recordings were later given to a local newspaper at which point Bentley apologized for the graphic comments heard on tape but still insisted that the relationship between he and Mason had been strictly professional. "I wasn't pleased with Governor Bentley's, at least his second term in office, so I'm looking forward to some new blood in Montgomery".
"At the current time it's still stayed and Rebekah Mason still faces the possibility of criminal charges, so I don't expect the stay to be lifted anytime soon", Collier attorney Kenny Mendelsohn said Tuesday.
ROBERT BENTLEY: There've been times that I have let you and our people down, and I'm sorry for that.
Robert Bentley is only the latest high-ranking state politician caught up in controversy in recent years. The House Judiciary Committee had argued that the hearings are more akin to a grand jury probe than legal proceedings, and Bentley had more protections than others subject to investigation.
He has denied having a physical relationship with his former aide, though in some of the recordings he talked about the pleasure he got from fondling her breasts.
Kay Ivey, former lieutenant governor of Alabama, has been sworn in to replace Republican Gov. Robert Bentley following his resignation on Monday. All the way back in 1982, Ivey ran unsuccessfully for state auditor as a Democrat before working for the state's education commission for more than a decade. She won, but died in office in 1968.
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 Ivey administration will be open, it will be transparent, and it will be honest".