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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2017

ETHICS COMMISSION DECISION

MONTGOMERY, AL – Earlier today the Alabama Ethics Commission voted to refer ethics violations by Governor Robert Bentley (R-Tuscaloosa) to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office for prosecution. Representative David Standridge (R-Hayden), Chairman of the House Rural Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the Commission’s decision.

“This is a sad day for our state, but today’s decision by the Ethics Commission confirms what I have been saying for nearly a year now: Governor Bentley has lost his way and needs to step aside. Government ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’ requires the highest of ethics and integrity from our elected officials. Unfortunately, Governor Bentley has not lived up to this expectation.

“I fully support the Commission’s decision to forward the governor’s indiscretions to prosecutors and I expect those prosecutors and our court system to fully apply the law. However, the Commission’s decision should not impede the Judiciary Committee’s consideration of Articles of Impeachment against the governor, of which I am an original signatory. Just as the judicial branch has a job to do in this situation, so too does the legislative branch. I look forward to seeing both processes come to speedy conclusions, with the result of both being the restoration of honesty and integrity in the governor’s office and in all of state government.”

Representative David Standridge has represented District 34 in the Alabama House of Representatives, which includes parts of Blount and Marshall Counties, since a special election in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014, without opposition, to a full term in the House. In 2014, he was elected Chairman of the bipartisan House Rural Caucus. Representative Standridge, a retired law enforcement officer and Blount County Probate Judge/Chairman of the Blount County Commission, is married to Danna, a retired teacher. The couple has three grown children and five grandchildren. The Standridges live in Hayden, in rural Blount County and have been married for 35 years.

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