AL Representative to carry articles of impeachment of Gov. Bentley

Published: Mar. 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2016 at 12:33 AM CDT
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(WAFF) - Representative Ed Henry of Hartselle said Wednesday he intends to carry articles of impeachment for the removal of Governor Robert Bentley from office.

Henry, who represents Cullman, Marshall and Morgan Counties, has said he has agreed to bring the resolution and hopes to have it ready to go when lawmakers return to Montgomery next Tuesday.

He said articles will be brought on incompetence, ineffective leadership, and moral turpitude regarding an alleged affair between the governor and a top staffer, Rebekah Mason.

"If we are going to do anything for the next two years as far as economic development, we will have to do it without Governor Bentley," Henry said. "From the beginning of his second term he has done nothing but lie and deceive the people of Alabama... [and] we are seeing the fruits of that."

He said Alabama lawmakers have lost trust and confidence in Bentley to lead the state. Since the cheating scandal, Bentley's influence has diminished, the representative said.

If the resolution to impeach passes the House, it will move on to the Senate for a vote.

The Alabama Constitution gives legislators the power to impeach the governor. Both the House and Senate must support the resolution, and Henry said he believes there will be enough votes to do it.

Also on Wednesday, the Alabama Republican Assembly passed a resolution asking for Bentley's resignation or impeachment.

House Minority Leader Craig Ford released the following statement on Governor Bentley:

Gov. Bentley's Actions Are Costing Alabama Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Since Governor Bentley's relationship with Rebekah Mason became public last week, there have been calls for him to resign. Those calls have not come just because of his relationship with Rebekah Mason. Governor Bentley isn't the first person in Montgomery to do what he did, and he probably won't be the last.

The reason Gov. Bentley should resign is because of the people he hurt, the allegations against him, and the crippling affect he is now having on our ability to recruit jobs to Alabama.

What Gov. Bentley did has hurt a lot of people. He has hurt his own family and Rebekah Mason's family. He has hurt Secretary Spencer Collier and the Collier family, as well as the five law enforcement officers he fired or transferred and their families. He has hurt the members of his cabinet, many of whom fear that if they come forward with what they know they will be fired and disparaged like the governor did to Sec. Collier.

But if the rumors are true and a grand jury is being impaneled to investigate the governor, then one good thing will come out of this: the members of the governor's cabinet and staff will finally be free to speak honestly and under oath without fear of repercussion.

Last, but certainly not least, Gov. Bentley has hurt the taxpayers who not only have been embarrassed by the governor's behavior and will now have to pay the costs of the investigations into the governor's actions, but are also losing out on jobs and economic development because no business wants to sit down with the governor or any member of his cabinet anymore.
Gov. Bentley ran on jobs. His slogan was "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs." He ran on how he wouldn't take a salary until the state got full employment. But after 6 years, it's the governor who has done a job on us!

His actions are costing Alabama jobs. There are business owners and leaders of industry who don't want to sit down with this governor because of the image of corruption that has engulfed the state. We have lost so much opportunity because of this mess. How in the world can we bring anyone else in? What CEO or other corporate group would want to come down here right now?

We are competing against Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and other states that are going to use all of this against us. The governor has provided our competitors with an unfair advantage, and it is absolutely costing us economically.

The governor has lost the confidence of the people, the legislature, and those in the business community worldwide!

When Gov. Bentley was campaigning, he said Alabama needs a doctor. But this doctor has put our state on life support! We're still sick, and our doctor needs a doctor of his own.

Gov. Bentley has hurt the people of Alabama. He has hurt his own family, and many others. He has been dishonest, lost his credibility, and has likely broken the law. He has lost the confidence of the legislature and business community, and now it is costing Alabama jobs. A complaint has already been filed with the state's Ethics Commission, and it has been reported that both the state Attorney General and federal prosecutors are investigating the governor and Mrs. Mason.

For the good of the state, it's time for Governor Bentley to resign.

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