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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.