Vestavia Hills, Ala. – At a forum of the Mid-Alabama Republican Club (MARC), appointed Sen. Luther Strange admitted he was “torn” about whether to accept an appointment to the U.S. Senate from a person he had under investigation.
Strange’s office of state attorney general was supposed to be investigating allegations that Gov. Robert Bentley misused state resources in an affair with his senior staffer. That investigation never materialized. Instead, Bentley appointed Strange to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who was elevated to the Trump cabinet.
“When the governor appointed me, I prayed about it… and I was frankly torn, and I decided to accept that,” Strange told the GOP group.
On Nov. 3 of last year, Strange obstructed the impeachment of Bentley. He filed a written request with the House impeachment panel asking that they halt the Bentley impeachment. He said he was doing “related work.” The panel agreed and halted the Bentley impeachment for five months. When the panel resumed the impeachment April 10, Bentley resigned later that day.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who filed the ethics complaint that led to Bentley’s resignation, says “the Bentley mess could have been over five months sooner were it not for the obstruction by Luther Strange.”
Strange faces the voters of Alabama in an Aug. 15 Republican primary.