Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley held a press conference on Friday to say that he will not be stepping down from his position, even though he has constantly been in hot water over the lies he’s told about the affair he carried on with a longtime aide.
Although he expects his opponents to put out more embarrassing information about his affair, he insisted that he will not resign during the news conference.
“The people of this state have never asked to be told of or shown the intimate and embarrassing details of my personal life,” he said. “Those who are taking pleasure in humiliating and shaming me, shaming my family, shaming my friends, well, I really don’t understand why they would do that. It may be out of vengeance, it may be out of jealousy, it may be out of anger… But I would ask them to please stop now.”
Bentley told the people of Alabama that they don’t need to be concerned about the mistakes he makes in his personal life because he has asked a higher power to help him fix it.
“For the past several years, I have struggled,” he admitted. “Last year, I got to a point where I recognized that I could not carry these burdens alone. It got to the point where I knew I could not do this by myself. That day. last May, I asked God to take these struggles and to help me carry these burdens… and I completely gave him all of me.”
According to Alabama.com, Bentley was recorded last year making improper comments to Rebekah Mason, the aide with whom he’d had an affair with.
“In the tape, Bentley is heard discussing touching Mason’s breasts and kissing her while warning her they will have to be careful while in his office,” the publication wrote.
When confronted about the affair by other Alabama lawmakers, he denied it and claimed that the rumors were started by the casino gambling industry because they were upset about his tax proposals.