>> I will be leaving the office today.>> Alabama Republican Governor Robert Bentley resigning Monday hours after State GOP leaders urged him to step aside, over allegations he tried to cover up an extramarital affairs with state funds.>> It is time for me to step down as Alabama's Governor.
I'm leaving this office that I have held, that I have respected, that I've loved for seven years to focus on other and possibly more effective areas of service.>> Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivy sworn in to replace him until elections next year. Bentley was accused of the inappropriate use of state resources a charge that surfaced after recordings and racy text messages revealed he'd been having an affair with a former female aid Rebecca Mason.
Seen here alongside the Governor. That evidence prompting Bentley's wife of 50 years to file for divorce in 2015. Prosecutors agreed not to pursue felony charges as part of a plea deal. The former governor shown in this mug shot pleading guilty to two misdemeanor campaign, finance violations that could mean jail time.
Bentley's resignation comes just days after he said he wouldn't step down.>> I do not plan to resign.>> Despite repeated apologizes to voters for his personal mistakes.>> Today, I want to apologize to the people of the State of Alabama.>> Bentley is now the 4th governor in Alabama's history to step down or be forced out and he can never hold political office again.