Representative Ed Henry says Bentley has ‘done nothing but lie and deceive people of Alabama’ – Representative Ed Henry To Carry Articles of Bentley Impeachment
Representative Ed Henry To Carry Articles of Bentley Impeachment
Alabama Politics first broke the news of Henry’s imminent plan to bring up a resolution on the House floor Tuesday equipped with Articles of Impeachment specific to Bentley:
Rep. Henry went on to tell Alabama Reporter that:
“… 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. From the beginning of his second term, he has done nothing but lie and deceive people of Alabama … we are seeing the fruits of that.”
Meanwhile, as Henry was communicating his intentions for impeachment to the media, the central figure surrounding the Gubernatorial tumult – Rebekah Mason, Governor Bentley’s Senior Political Advisor – resigned her position according to multiple media reports.
But wait … there is more. Sooner thereafter, the Alabama Republican Assembly has passed a resolution asking for the resignation or impeachment of Governor Bentley:
It is uncertain where this hydra of a process leads next …
Governor Bentley could be in a precarious legal position given that state and federal investigation are now ongoing. In any testimony in an impeachment trial, whatever he might say could waive his 5th Amendment rights to silence. Unlike the most recent and well known impeachment situation – that of President Bill Clinton – Bentley does not enjoy widespread public support, nor is there significant political pressure, or ‘prices to pay’, focused on the would be supporters of impeachment. It appears Governor Bentley has a number of problems, some potentially larger than impeachment.
In regards to Rebekah Mason, as best as can be currently discerned, she is not a state employee. It is unclear how she has been paid for her services, or by whom. It seems reasonable that the question of ‘what exactly did she resign from’ may come up in upcoming days.
At this point, it appears the primary lingering questions are when, and how, the Bentley administration ends.
As William Butler Yeats wrote in his poem ‘The Second coming:
“The Falcon cannot hear the falconer. He is on his own …”