Alabama Lawmaker to Propose Impeaching Governor

Gov. Bentley
Gov. Bentley

A Republican Alabama lawmaker says he plans to introduce a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Rep. Ed Henry said Wednesday that he will introduce the resolution when the Alabama Legislature returns from spring break next week. Henry made his plans public the same day Bentley’s top aide resigned amid the fallout of the governor’s admission that he made inappropriate remarks to her.

Henry and Bentley are both Republicans who have frequently clashed over the past two years, including over the governor’s proposal last year to raise taxes.

Henry says Bentley has lost the confidence of lawmakers and voters. However, he acknowledges the resolution faces an uphill climb. A majority of House members would have to vote to begin proceedings.

Rep. Ed Henry (District 9)
Rep. Ed Henry (District 9)

The Alabama House speaker says he has no comment at this time about plans to introduce impeachment proceedings against Gov. Robert Bentley.

In an emailed statement from his office, Speaker Mike Hubbard said Wednesday he hasn’t seen the articles of impeachment or the “charges they contain.”

The Alabama Legislature returns from its spring break next Tuesday.


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