Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Another Republican, another sex scandal
This time it involves the sanctimonious Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley and a good (former?) friend who was Alabama's top cop.
The affair allegations Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) is facing down this week is one of those moments.The details have all the making of a stinky scandal among people altogether too close to each other. Get your popcorn ready for this one.
Here's the story: On Tuesday, the two-term governor fired the state's top cop. That same day, the now-fired top cop told AL.com that Bentley had been having an affair with one of his top advisers. And he said he could prove it.
The governor has denied affair rumors in the past, calling them "ridiculous." But he hasn't been able to shake that over the past year, whether in unsubstantiated blogs or in the halls of Alabama's capitol. There has been a rumor swirling he was having an affair with his chief adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. (Mason is married, but Bentley's 50-year marriage officially ended this fall, an abrupt ending that Bentley has said shocked him.)
What follows next is a tale of furtive glances at dropped cellphones, secretly recorded audio tapes and political intrigue. Head over to AL.com to read the whole drama from reporter John Archibald, who broke the story. Below are four of the most eyebrow-raising details from Bentley's affair allegations, as alleged by Spencer Collier, the former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, to Archibald.
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