"Family Values" Alabama governor resigns over sex scandal

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/us/robert-bentley-alabama-governor.html

It always seems to happen to the staunch family values ones...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday, his power and popularity diminished by a sex scandal that staggered the state, brought him to the brink of impeachment and prompted a series of criminal investigations.

Ellen Brooks, a special prosecutor, said Mr. Bentley quit in connection with a plea agreement on two misdemeanor charges: failing to file a major contribution report and knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use. He pleaded guilty Monday afternoon.

It was a stunning downfall for the governor, a Republican who acknowledged in March 2016 that he had made sexually charged remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

“I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor,” Mr. Bentley said at the State Capitol. He did not mention the charges to which he pleaded guilty, or the deal with prosecutors that mandated his resignation.

His exit from government and guilty pleas followed mounting calls for his resignation, especially after a report that was made public on Friday said he had fostered “an atmosphere of intimidation” and compelled state employees to help him cover up his relationship with Ms. Mason. Impeachment hearings — the first in Alabama in more than a century — began Monday morning, when the State House was consumed by rumors that the governor would soon quit.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey succeeded Mr. Bentley. A former state treasurer, she is the second woman to hold the office. She is a graduate of Auburn University and was a high school teacher and a bank officer before working for the Legislature.

“The Ivey administration will be open, it will be transparent and it will be honest,” Ms. Ivey said.
 

PracticalMac

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AHHHhhhhh, the Hypocrisy, IT BURNS!

It is funny of many of the high and mighty politicians and preachers do not do what they say.

Trump at least has not made any claims of fidelity, with plenty of times he bragged about the women he had, even assaulted; still did not stop a lot of evangelicals from voting for Trump.

Is there even any real morality in the Conservative groups?
 

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AHHHhhhhh, the Hypocrisy, IT BURNS!

It is funny of many of the high and mighty politicians and preachers do not do what they say.

Trump at least has not made any claims of fidelity, with plenty of times he bragged about the women he had, even assaulted; still did not stop a lot of evangelicals from voting for Trump.

Is there even any real morality in the Conservative groups?
Not much. What's especially nice is how they preach to the rest of us. At least when Clinton types screw around they don't moralize to the rest of the world. Conservatives are a special brand of hypocrites.
 

Zenithal

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Should be between him and his wife....
Yeah.. no. If you're willing to be a public figure, then you're willing to have your public and private life scrutinized if you're caught. This governor has more tact and common sense to resign over his wrongdoing than our idiot president. If this guy were a Democrat, he'd still deserve his life being in the spotlight when he got caught.
 

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To be fair, it wasn't just his relationship with his aid. That came out over a year ago. Or family values governor should have stepped down then. The bigger issue was that he did things like use the state plane to take his girlfriend to the beach for romantic weekends, which the taxpayers also paid for. His wife left him early in the game.

A lot of this would stop if politicians would stick to politics and stop trying to bring in religion and family values, which have no place in government.
 

JayMysterio

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Yeah.. no. If you're willing to be a public figure, then you're willing to have your public and private life scrutinized if you're caught. This governor has more tact and common sense to resign over his wrongdoing than our idiot president. If this guy were a Democrat, he'd still deserve his life being in the spotlight when he got caught.
NO. He didn't resign because of tact or common sense. Don't assign honor where it doesn't apply. He resigned as part of a plea deal to dodge some very serious time. Tact, common sense, honor, family values, and more words should never be used in the same sentence as this hypocrite.
 

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Yeah, family values have no place in government. We need less family values in this country, not more.

Look guys, this man is a hypocrite and moron. But let's not pretend this is unique at all to republicans. Bill Clinton, Anthony Wiener, John Edwards, Barney Frank, Brock Adams, Fred Richmond, John Young, Wayne Hays, Gerry Studs, Mel Reynolds all did similar or worse things, and that's just the list I can think of.

Most of them were never even disciplined, some were re-elected multiple times by their democratic constituents. Mel Reynolds was even convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor and then pardoned by Bill Clinton.

So spare us the outrage, democrats behave just as badly.
 

samcraig

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Yeah, family values have no place in government. We need less family values in this country, not more.

Look guys, this man is a hypocrite and moron. But let's not pretend this is unique at all to republicans. Bill Clinton, Anthony Wiener, John Edwards, Barney Frank, Brock Adams, Fred Richmond, John Young, Wayne Hays, Gerry Studs, Mel Reynolds all did similar or worse things, and that's just the list I can think of.

Most of them were never even disciplined, some were re-elected multiple times by their democratic constituents. Mel Reynolds was even convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor and then pardoned by Bill Clinton.

So spare us the outrage, democrats behave just as badly.
Who said this was unique to Republicans?
 

JayMysterio

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Yeah, family values have no place in government. We need less family values in this country, not more.

Look guys, this man is a hypocrite and moron. But let's not pretend this is unique at all to republicans. Bill Clinton, Anthony Wiener, John Edwards, Barney Frank, Brock Adams, Fred Richmond, John Young, Wayne Hays, Gerry Studs, Mel Reynolds all did similar or worse things, and that's just the list I can think of.

Most of them were never even disciplined, some were re-elected multiple times by their democratic constituents. Mel Reynolds was even convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor and then pardoned by Bill Clinton.

So spare us the outrage, democrats behave just as badly.
No. Bring ALL your outrage. This guy brought it to new levels. The list of crap this guy did was so stunning his own party turned on him. You do realize what you have to do to have Republican controlled government turn on a Republican governor? Quite a friggin' bit!

The Alabama Ethics Commission last week found Bentley probably violated ethics and campaign finance laws after it completed an investigation into allegations that he used public funds to conceal his relationship with Rebekah Mason, a senior adviser who later resigned.

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.

He was charged with misuse of campaign funds and failure to file campaign financial reports on a timely basis.
That's the simplification. His crimes extend also to giving jobs to people to help protect himself, thus now risking their positions. That's also overlooking the fact that this guy was a 'family values' hypocrite as well.

"Do as I say, not as I do", never applied more.
 

TonyC28

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All I know of this story is what I read in the article posted here. Where does the "family values" in the thread title come from? Was he one to preach about the subject?
 

PracticalMac

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Do if it's not a family values clown it's ok?
Look up definition of Hypocrisy.

Hypocrite is like taking a misdemeanor up to 1st Degree Felony.
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All I know of this story is what I read in the article posted here. Where does the "family values" in the thread title come from? Was he one to preach about the subject?
Card carrying.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-bentley-cellphones_us_56fd936ce4b083f5c6074f68

http://modernliberals.com/family-values-alabama-governor-robert-bentley-exposed-cheating-wife/
 
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All I know of this story is what I read in the article posted here. Where does the "family values" in the thread title come from? Was he one to preach about the subject?
Doing a quick google search shows he's homophobic former baptist deacon, who literally ran on a family values platform. That's kind of where the family values thing comes from.

While running for governor in 2010, Alabama’s Robert Bentley emphasized his “family values” credentials. The Republican candidate not only ran ads featuring his wife and family, but Bentley also said he believes so strongly in the sanctity of traditional marriage that as far as he’s concerned, when same-sex couples wed, their marriages should be dismissed as “social experiments.”
Seems he considered traditional marriage as a "social experiment" as well.
 

TonyC28

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Look up definition of Hypocrisy.

Hypocrite is like taking a misdemeanor up to 1st Degree Felony.
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Card carrying.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-bentley-cellphones_us_56fd936ce4b083f5c6074f68

http://modernliberals.com/family-values-alabama-governor-robert-bentley-exposed-cheating-wife/
Seems the family values thing is included in most articles from sites that tend to lean a certain way. Is that based on his stance on same sex marriage?
Oh well. It's right for him to go and he should still face criminal charges.