If former AL Luv Guv. Robert Bentley sinned, it was the sin of loving too much, honey. Anyway, he resigned yesterday on a plea bargain to avoid doing hard time, if you know what I mean and I think you do.
Bentley pleaded guilty two to the two charges, both misdemeanors, according to District Attorney Ellen Brooks. Court documents released Monday show that he agreed to reimburse nearly $9,000 in campaign funds, pay $7,000 in fines, resign his post and not seek public office.
And without further ado, here’s his final speech as an elected politician:
“I’ve always believed the honor of serving as your governor is a calling that God placed on my life,” Bentley said in announcing his resignation. “Though I have sometimes failed, I have always tried to live up to the high expectations that people place on the person who holds this esteemed office. There have been times that I have let you and our people down, and I’m sorry for that.”
He added, “I can no longer allow my family, my dear friends, my dedicated staff and cabinet to be subjected to the consequences that my past actions have brought on them.
“I want you to know, I love our people with all my heart.”
“Sweet, Jeebus, NO!,” the people shouted back. “Anything but that.”