Disgraced Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has finally resigned from his post as the Governor. For the last more than two years, the embattled governor was trying to prove that there was nothing wrong in his affair with his former aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
He would have successfully fooled the electorate, his Republican party colleagues and others had he not left too many traces of his relationship with Mason. His wife was startled when she realized that Rebekah Caldwell Mason, who is many decades younger than him was staying too close to the governor.
He did his best to get rid of the fallout of the affair by claiming that his relationship was not physical and that it was merely limited to text and emojis. Nonetheless, the fact that his wife had saved a voice recording of one conversation that he had with Rebekah Caldwell Mason who is married with three children of her own.
Now as he was forced to unceremoniously resign from his post that he could have occupied till the year 2019, the job has gone to the Lieutenant Governor, Kay Ivey.
She became the first Republican woman to occupy the state office and the fifth woman to currently serve as a governor nationwide.
After taking over the job from Bentley, she said, “Today is a dark day in Alabama, but also it’s one of opportunity…I ask for your help, and your patience as together we steady the ship and improve Alabama’s image.”
The state has suffered several scandals. Robert Bentley is not the only one to leave his office in such fashion. Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican, was convicted on 12 felony ethics violations in June and left office, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. And last September, the state’s Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended for what was left of his term after ordering probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. His replacement Acting Alabama Chief Justice Lyn Stuart swore Ivey in.
72-year Ivey is 2 years younger than Robert Bentley who was 74-year old. She is the second woman to serve as Alabama’s governor, the first being Lurleen Wallace. Ivey has served two terms as state treasurer and it saddled her with perhaps her biggest piece of political baggage: She oversaw the state’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program that let parents pay for their children’s college education ahead of time.
Kay Ellen Ivey was born on 15 October 1944 in Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Ivey has worked as a high school teacher, a bank officer and as Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office. In 1982, Ivey ran unsuccessfully for State Auditor as a Democrat. She was Director of Government Affairs and Communications for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1998.