Alabama governor faces possible impeachment 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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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.