MADISON/LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Legislature is on Spring Break currently, but there is no break from the big issues. Representative Mac McCutcheon (R) stopped by WHNT News 19 this week in order to give his perspective about what is going on in the capital right now.
The biggest issue right now is the situation involving Governor Robert Bentley and his former political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. The governor is refusing to resign, but Rep. Mac McCutcheon feels that “Well, it’s an embarrassment to our state, and at this point in time, from a credibility standpoint. I think it’s something he needs to consider.”
Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) claims that he will be starting the impeachment process against Governor Bentley in the near future on the grounds of “incompetence and moral turpitude.” Rep. Mac McCutcheon believes that “there’s a sense of integrity and respect you get from your constituency that votes for you and puts confidence and support in you, and for you to violate that in such a way as this has been very damaging, very damaging.”
There is currently an investigation by the Alabama Ethics Commission looking into potential misuse of state property as requested by State Auditor Jim Zeigler. Rep. McCutcheon thinks that “there needs to be further investigation. We need to see if there’s any criminal laws violated. The ethics laws, to see if there’s been any the ethics laws violated, as well as the moral factor involved in this with her personal life with this woman and his wife and his marriage. So there’s a lot of factors there, and I think from my career as an investigator, I know there’s generally two sides to every issue. I never made an arrest on anyone that I was not ready to go to trial with. I didn’t make an arrest trying to, on a hunch, or a knee jerk reaction. I always took the time to get all the facts, and this is, not only is this an issue with Governor Bentley, and his resignation, and or being Governor or being impeached. It’s also an issue with the people of Alabama, and the responsibility they have placed in us as a legislative body to make sure that we do the right thing, and something that’s according to the constitution.”
View our entire conversation with Rep. Mac McCutcheon here in three parts: