Alabama governor faces possible impeachment over sex scandal

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Alabama Lawmakers Move to Impeach Governor Over Sex Scandal

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley could soon face impeachment over a sex scandal as frustration grows among state lawmakers.

The scandal ignited last month when audiotapes surfaced revealing a sexually-explicit conversation from 2014 between Republican Gov. Bentley and a longtime staffer named Rebekah Mason. ​

"When I stand behind you and I put my arms around you, and I put my hands on your breasts, and I put my hands on you and pull you in real close. Hey, I love that, too," Bentley appears to say to Mason in the tapes.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley gives his annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
FILE -In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley listens to a phone call as Rebekah Mason, right, announces his win for Alabama governor, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent Democrat Parker Griffith. Bentley admitted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, that he made inappropriate remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley said he did not have a sexual relationship with Mason, but he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (L) upon arrival on Air Force One at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, March 26, 2015. Obama is traveling to speak about the economy. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE -In this Tuesday, March 22, 2011 file photo Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, center, arrives for a news conference at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. At left is Rebekkah Mason, Bentley's Communications Director. Bentley admitted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, that he made inappropriate remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley said he did not have a sexual relationship with Mason, but he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
In this photo provided the Alabama Governor's Office, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right, and state Sen. Cam Ward, (R-Alabaster) look through bars toward a dormitory at William C. Holman Correctional facility in Atmore, Ala., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. They toured the prison with Alabama state Rep. Greg Albritton (R-Bay Minette). Two disturbances have occurred in the last three days at the maximum security prison designed to house 637 inmates. The current population at Holman is 991, which is 156% of design capacity. (Jamie Martin/Alabama Governor's Office via AP)
President Barack Obama, right, stops to greet Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, after honoring the 2015-2016 College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley smiles as he speaks during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley walks towards the door after speaking during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
In this images released by the Office of the Governor of Alabama, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley talks with Elizabeth Jamison and her grandchildren, flood victims who lost their family homes in flooding from the Pea River in Elba, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Elba Elementary School. The school is being utilized as a shelter for flood victims. Bentley said the levees, which protect the downtown area of Elba, are expected to withstand the river crest. (Jamie Martin/Office of the Governor of Alabama via AP)
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, file photo, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks to The Associated Press during an interview about the state budget, in Montgomery, Ala. Two special sessions are required before the Republican-controlled Legislature agrees to $1.7 billion state operating budget that includes both spending cuts and tax increases to plug a $200 million gap. The budget crisis was one of Alabama's top stories in 2015. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Two special sessions are required before the Republican-controlled Legislature agrees to $1.7 billion state operating budget that includes both spending cuts and tax increases to plug a $200 million gap.
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, file photo released by the state of Alabama, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley presents the Great Seal to Polaris Executive Vice President-Global Operations Engineering Ken Pucel after announcing the company will expand production facilities in Huntsville, Ala., a move that will bring as many as 2,000 jobs to north Alabama. The announcement was one of Alabama's top stories in 2015. (AP Photo/Alabama Governor's Office, Jamie Martin, File)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right, talks with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, prior to the closing session at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Governor Robert Bentley speaks to a crowd of people gathered at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol after a march from Selma, Alabama, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
FILE - In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday landed the endorsement of fellow governor Robert Bentley of Alabama, as the presidential hopeful seeks to build support for his White House bid and courts voters in the South. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley takes a short break to have his hair trimmed by Nicole Griffin in his office at the state Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 2, 2015. He spent much of the day preparing for the annual State of the State Address to the Alabama Legislature, which will be delivered Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the Old House Chamber of the Alabama Capitol at 6:30 p.m. (AP Photo/Jamie Martin)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left talks with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, right, prior to the closing session at the National Governors Association Summer meeting at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Gov. Robert Bentley smiles just before he takes the oath of office, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley laid out goals for the state in his second inaugural address on Monday morning on the steps of the Alabama Capitol. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley address his supporter after the announcement of his re-election for Alabama governor, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent Democrat Parker Griffith. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Republican Gov. Robert Bentley smiles with his wife, Dianne Bentley, after voting booth on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bentley says he "feels good" about the governor race against Democratic challenger Parker Griffith. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Francie Harris stands with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, right during half time of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Harris was names the Auburn University's homecoming queen.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, laugh with each other as they leave a tour of the Southern Research Institute on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. Christie praised Bentleyâs fiscal stewardship Wednesday during a stop to raise money for Bentleyâs re-election campaign and GOP executives in other states. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Bentley was married when the tapes were recorded. His wife of 50 years shocked many in the state when she filed for divorce last year, never publicly discussing a reason. Mason, a married mother of three, served as Bentley's communications director and political advisor.

"I have apologized many times to my family. I have apologized to the family of Mrs. Mason. I would now like to apologize to the people of Alabama," Bentley said after the story broke. "I ask them to forgive me."

Mason quickly resigned. But Bentley has no plans of resigning, saying he wants to "put [the scandal] in the rear-view mirror."

"I've asked God to forgive me because that's the most important thing," Bentley said in an appearance on Monday. "I want back in His fellowship. And so I asked God to forgive me."

Lawmakers in Alabama aren't ready to let the issue drop yet.

"From the beginning of his second term, he has done nothing but lie and deceive the people of Alabama," Rep. Ed Henry told local station WAFF.

Many in the state have taken issue with the governor for exhibiting unfaithful behavior behind closed doors, especially since he campaigned on ethics. He promised to serve his state and country with "honesty and integrity," in a campaign ad and insisting he'd "do the same as governor."

Republican Rep. Ed Henry says he plans to bring articles of impeachment against the governor. Proceedings could start as early as Tuesday afternoon. He is scheduled to speak out on the issue Tuesday afternoon.

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