Randall Shedd Leads Aggressive Impeachment Resolution Against Governor Bentley

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Randall Shedd Leads Aggressive Impeachment Resolution Against Governor Bentley

Cullman County state legislators Randall Shedd (R) of Fairview and Corey Harbison (R) of Good Hope went on the offensive this week during the 2017 Legislative Session in Montgomery.

Their joint focus was on the recent actions and behaviors as well as public and self-perception of Governor Robert Bentley.

In the interview below, Randall Shedd deemed the Governor’s recent actions:

“… such a blatant disrespect for the people of Alabama that I just couldn’t take it any longer.”

Shedd respectfully informed the Governor of his concerns in a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday of this week.

He specifically cited the following points as his key concerns about the Governor’s actions:

★ His junket to Washington, DC with Rebekah Mason on a state airplane

★ The possibility that Mason is having undue influence on state government

★ The appointment of former Attorney General Luther Strange to replaced the seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions

Shedd also pointed out today that he had been a solid supporter of Governor Bentley right up to the Inauguration trip mentioned above. Shedd did not sign the original impeachment resolution against the Governor in 2016.

You can see the entirety of Representative Shedd’s remarks on the subject in this interview:

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Randall Shedd Leads Aggressive Impeachment Resolution Against Governor Bentley

Governor Robert Bentley seemed to have survived a serious scandal in 2016 when allegations about his relationship with Rebekah Mason (who is now being publicly called a former aide to the Governor).

Representatives Harbison and Shedd are attempting to introduce a new impeachment resolution onto the House floor. The resolution is designed to eliminate the committee process, thus sending the issue directly to the Senate for an impeachment trial against the governor.

Harbison was quoted earlier in the week by multiple sources saying:

“Something has to give. Public trust toward all of us is at an all-time low. We have to get some answers.”

Shedd agreed by saying:

“I just don’t believe the state can stand another two years of this. It’s very disturbing.”

Their resolution is a similar yet expanded version of the one introduced in the Alabama House of Representative last year. The resolution outlines/alleges several legal charges against the governor including:

• The misuse of state property
• Violation of campaign finance law
• Using campaign funds to pay attorney’s fees for Mason
• Bentley violated the public trust
• The Governor broke the law delaying until 2018 a new election to fill Jeff Sessions’ senate seat

The issues Harbison and Shedd are focused on are not solely legal matters.

They also believe horrific, obtuse optics and damaged public perception are in play here as well. One example is Rebekah Mason riding on a state airplane with Governor Bentley to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump last month. This coupled with her taking that trip with a “date” that the Governor refused to identify on a state plane shoved Bentley’s inability and/or lack of ability to grasp the negative perceptions of that activity front and center.

Many professional observers, as well as citizen voters statewide, have seen Bentley’s appointment of former Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate as an attempt to mitigate (and perhaps skirt) any real (or perceived) investigation against him by the Attorney General’s Office.

Representative Harbison and Shedd are taking a short-term (2 year) political risk in stepping forward to aggressively adjudicate this matter.

They are engaged in some VERY heavy lifting on the House floor facing the necessity of getting a four-fifths vote of all voting members of the Alabama House of Representatives to suspend the rules to consider the resolution.

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Randall Shedd Leads Aggressive Impeachment Resolution Against Governor Bentley

If they are ultimately successful, only a simple majority then would be needed to move the impeachment process to the floor of the Senate where acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyn Stuart would conduct an impeachment trial.

Shedd seems wholly undaunted and completely committed to the path of immediate, complete integrity in state government by saying:

“The people’s confidence in state government HAS to be restored.”

 

Randall Shedd Leads Aggressive Impeachment Resolution Against Governor Bentley

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