AL lawmakers menace to impeach Gov over relationship scandal

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:31 PM

Pressure has mounted around the 73-year-old Gov ever since he acknowledged latest week that he made inappropriate sexual remarks to his former confidante and adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, but denied having an affair with her.

AL lawmakers menace to impeach Gov over relationship scandal

Republicans in the AL legislature reportedly are planning to introduce articles of impeachment against AL Gov Robert Bentley after he admitted to inappropriate conversations with a former top political aide.

Pressure has mounted around the 73-year-old Gov ever since he acknowledged latest week that he made inappropriate sexual remarks to his former confidante and adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, but denied having an affair with her. She stepped down from his office Wednesday

Al. com reported that Democratic Rep. Craig Ford, the AL House Minority Leader, confirmed that Republican State Rep. Ed Henry is setting up the initial framework for articles of impeachment.

“If the House impeaches Bentley, it'd bring the Gov one step closer to being removed from office by the legislature,” Al. com said.

Henry said the articles of impeachment should be introduced due to Bentley’s “incompetence and ethical turpitude,” calling into question the governor’s skill to govern the state.

Henry is due to start the impeachment process following week when the AL state legislature is due to return after its spring break.

Despite the calls for resignation, it's still unclear if Henry would've sufficient support in the legislature to move forward with the process.

AL requires a ordinary majority in the House to introduce articles of impeachment.

Bentley has remained firm in his map to continue in the governor’s mansion, saying “My intentions are to attempt to create this state better, to work through the difficulties we’re going through.”

The impeachment threat further compounds the calls for Bentley’s resignation from both prominent Republicans and Republican groups in the state.

Among those calling for his resignation are State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, State Sen. Shay Shelnut, and Terry Dunn, a member of Alabama’s Republican State Executive Committee.

The Montgomery County Republican Party also issued a statement about the scandal swirling around Bentley and Mason, further pushing the threat of an impeachment process .

The statement said, “the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee hereby calls upon Gov Bentley to resign his office immediately to avert bringing further embarrassment and shame upon himself, the grand state of Alabama, and the Republican Party of AL which could result from pending investigation by the Attorney Common and/or impeachment proceedings.”

The College Republican Federation of AL issued a statement against Bentley, falling just brief of calling for his resignation. “Gov. Bentley has brought shame and embarrassment to the State of AL by means of local, state, and national news as well as social media through his own self-admitted devious, immoral, and possibly illegal actions involving his married senior top aide, not only of the sexual nature but regarding her compensation as a non-state employee yet making key decisions in the governing of the state,” the statement said.

Foxnews. com'south Danny Jativa and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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