We all remember the infamous Access Hollywood that rocked the Trump campaign with just weeks until the election. The tape I’m referencing is the one containing the cringe-worthy “grab em by the p***y” comment, among others.
Among those who withdrew their support of Trump following the scandal was Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who said in October that he can no longer vote for Trump in light of the comments. He was among the first Republicans to publicly withdraw their support of Trump in the wake of the scandal.
And now he’s got himself in a bit of trouble, thanks to a sex scandal, of course.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday amid allegations he used state money to help cover up an affair with a top aide.
Bentley stepped down as part of a plea deal that saw him admit to two misdemeanor campaign and ethics charges. The 74-year-old grandfather of six was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and a year of probation. The agreement includes provisions that Bentley not seek elected office again, that he repay campaign funds totaling $36,912 within a week and perform 100 hours of community service as a physician.
In a brief statement to his staffers, who applauded as he approached the microphones, Bentley said, “there have been times that I have let you and our people down, and I’m sorry for that.”
“I can no longer allow my family and my dear friends … to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought upon them,” Bentley added.
H/T Fox News
Despite what was undoubtedly a sad day for Bentley, he can be seen smiling in his mugshot.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 10, 2017
Apparently, he’s just following in an Alabama tradition.
Three of Alabama’s past six governors have been jailed. Guy Hunt. Don Siegelman. Robert Bentley.
— Joe McAdory (@JoeMcAdory) April 10, 2017
In his place, Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey will be sworn in. She will be the second female Governor of Alabama, ever.
And on the bright side, Ivey being sworn in increases the number of female governor’s in America by 25%, so I guess Bentley technically did something good for women, albeit unintentional.