VIDEO: Dr. Robert Bentley resigns as governor of Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Kay Ivey, Alabama's lieutenant governor, will become the 54th governor of Alabama now that Dr. Robert Bentley has stepped down as governor.
Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during the investigation of alleged affair with a top aide.
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Politicians react to resignation
Attorney General Steven T. Marshall issued the following statement concerning the plea and resignation of Governor Robert Bentley.
“I appreciate the work of Ellen Brooks, supernumerary district attorney, as well as the Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in conducting the investigation of Governor Bentley which today led to his guilty pleas and resignation from office,” said Attorney General Steven Marshall.
“I told the people of Alabama that I would recuse if there was an investigation and I did. I have allowed experienced and professional prosecutors to handle this matter and I have provided all the resources related to the performance of their work.
“I will fully support Kay Ivey’s transition as the next governor of the State of Alabama and I look forward to working with her to address the pressing issues that face our state.”
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) released this statement following Governor Robert Bentley’s announcement of his resignation:
“The American people’s trust in their government depends on the integrity and dignity of those in office, and it is clear that Alabamians have lost this in Governor Bentley. As governor, Bentley was elected by the people of Alabama to the highest position of authority and should consequentially treat the office with the utmost respect. I believe he has made the right decision in offering his resignation.
“I look forward to working with Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey in her new capacity as Governor of Alabama.”