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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Comments 6-10 of 16

  • 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.

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.

Please leave me a comment below. I read them!

Comments 6-10 of 16

  • 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.

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