Alabama Governor steps down, Kay Ivey sworn in

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance rules.

Kay Ibey
FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, Republican Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey poses for a portrait on 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide. Lt. Gov. Ivey will succeed Bentley. (AP Photo/Phillip Rawls, File)

 

Bentley resigned rather than face impeachment and he has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during the investigation of alleged affair with a top aide.

The sex-tinged scandal gathered force over the past few days and legislators turned up on the pressure by opening impeachment hearings Monday. Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission cited evidence that Bentley broke state ethics and campaign laws and referred the matter to prosecutors.

Bentley announced his resignation shortly after he was booked into Montgomery County Jail.

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey was sworn in Monday night as the 54th governor of Alabama.

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