Alabama Gov. Resigns Over Sex and Corruption Scandal
“I love the people of this state with all my heart.” That was Gov. Robert Bentley’s farewell after resigning and pleading guilty to two misdemeanors in a year-long scandal involving threats, heart-eyed emojis and public funds used to conduct and hide his alleged affair with a married former aide. Bentley, whose 50-year marriage dissolved as the scandal unfolded, has pledged to serve a year of probation and never run for office. He’s replaced by Lieutenant Gov. Kay Ivey, only the second female governor of Alabama, who’s promised a more transparent administration.