According to the Decatur Daily, among the potential replacements are Rep. Robert B. Aderholt; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs director Jim Bayard; former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.; state Sen. Del Marsh; state Rep. Connie Rowe and Attorney General Luther Strange.
Strange has already said he would run for election for the position. The possibility of him becoming Bentley’s choice has raised concerns. That is because late last year, Strange requested that the state House Judiciary Committee put a hold on its impeachment investigation of Bentley because the Strange’s office was conducing what it called “related work,” the Associated Press reported.
State lawmakers were considering articles of impeachment against Bentley because of the governor’s relationship with a former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
Aderholt, who was just elected to his 11th term in the House, is an Appropriations Committee cardinal; he chairs the Agriculture Subcommittee.