(WKRG) – Despite calls to impeach him, Governor Robert Bentley is standing his ground, saying he will not resign over a sex scandal that is looming over his administration. Touring Limestone Correctional Facility today near Huntsville, Governor Bentley seems eager to move on from the sex scandal clouding his administration for nearly two weeks, but he is still being forced to talk about it. He said, “You know, it’s mine. I own it. I own it. I did it. I point no fingers to anybody else. I make no excuses from that. I own my problem.”
Bentley has admitted to an inappropriate relationship with top advisor Rebekah Mason, but he says the relationship was exposed more than two years ago. Just last week Mason resigned as his chief advisor. Bentley says, “It’s all been clarified, it’s all been addressed. I have put it in the rear-view mirror. Others have not because it’s obviously been brought out now.”
Bentley is facing one federal and two state investigations, regarding whether any state funds were used to continue his relationship with Mason, or whether any ethics laws were broken. Bentley denies breaking the law and is refusing to step down. He says, “It’s one of those things that I take full control of. It’s me. I did it. I did it. And that’s why I ask the people of this state to forgive me because they are a forgiving people and they know God’s grace. Listen…I have made my statement. I will not take any more questions about that issue. Let’s talk about prisons.”
The state legislature reconvenes tomorrow, where several state lawmakers are calling for Bentley to be impeached. Stay tuned to News 5 for continuing coverage.