The governor of the conservative southern U.S. state of Alabama has resigned, shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings linked to his affair with a senior aide that was made public in humiliating detail.
The charge stemmed from Bentley's use of campaign funds a year ago to pay almost $9,000 in legal bills for his then-political adviser Rebekah Mason. Rebekah Mason claps during then-Gov. Beyond Bentley's lengthy scandal that earned him the nickname "Luv Guv", former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican, was convicted on 12 felony ethics violations in June and left office, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. "I love that, too", the governor is heard saying. "I certainly thought that the decision might be later in the week, but it did move fast and I've got a good, wonderful staff in the Lt. Governor's office and so we got busy".
A day after he was let go, Collier finally confirmed the existence of the affair to the press.
"[She] noticed not only the changes in her husband's wardrobe but also the changes in his demeanor", Zengerle said.
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".
Bentley, 74, had faced an impeachment move from his Republican legislators.
She's the first Republican woman elected lieutenant governor of Alabama and the first Republican to hold that office for two straight terms.
Mug shot of Alabama Govenor Robert Bentley.
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Bentley also agreed not to run for public office again, gave up his state retirement and waived his right to ask for security which is provided to all former governors who request protection.
He was charged with misuse of campaign funds and failure to file campaign financial reports on a timely basis.
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.
Critics blamed her for the demise, but Ivey's defenders said she had no control over Wall Street and tuition costs. Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission cited evidence that Bentley broke state ethics and campaign laws, and the commission referred the matter to prosecutors.
Under the deal, Bentley will be required to perform 100 hours of community service and will forfeit $37,000 of his campaign funds.
When a former Alabama governor started sending suggestive texts to a member of his staff, he probably didn't expect them to sync onto the state-issued iPad he had given his wife.
March 23, 2016: Collier publicly alleges a romantic relationship between Bentley and Mason; Bentley acknowledges personal mistakes but denies having a sexual affair with Mason.