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Alabama #ALpolitics State Laughingstock @ALGOP @GovernorBentley Used @RebMason

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, March 31, 2016

The word of the day is “Vituperative.”

Bentley’s archnemesis Attorney D.V.Watkins – who published highlighted findings of his investigation into Bentley’s public corruption & lawbreaking (though withholding details of the same) – has shared that he has sent details to the US Department of Justice for their consideration. 

It has also recently come to light that Bentley, in a manner reminiscent of disgraced former president Richard Nixon, also had an “enemies list” and (mis)used the power of his office to investigate those individuals. 

Is R.Mason guiltless? 

No.

Watkins makes no apology for, or defense of her alleged lawbreaking. He does, however, acknowledge that the sure and heavy hammer wielded by the Federal Government may be somewhat less severe if she cooperates with the investigation by turning state’s witness.

It’s a veritable legal “Art Of The Deal” 101.

Rebekah Is No Villain; Bentley Is

 
 
By Donald V. Watkins
 
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on March 31, 2016
 
 
Rebekah Caldwell Mason resigned yesterday. (RCM was Bentley’s “Chief Political Advisor” and was paid with so-called “Dark Money” by Alabama Council for Excellent Government (aka ACEGOV), a 501(c)(4) political group sympathetic to, and influential upon him. By law, 501(c)(4)s are tax-exempt nonprofit “social welfare” organizations, and not required to disclose their donors, but must file IRS Form 990 detailing their expenditures. -Editor) This event was forced by all of the drama surrounding the “sex for power” scandal created by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The governor effectively threw Rebekah under the bus to save himself.

Rebekah indulged Bentley’s sexual appetite for several years. Like a young schoolboy, Bentley professed his “love” for Rebekah, over and over again. In the end, Bentley betrayed her. Apparently, his love for Rebekah was only skin-deep.

Rebekah joins a long and distinguish list of people who loved and trusted Bentley and were ultimately betrayed and discarded by him. This list includes Bentley’s wife, his children and grandchildren, his childhood friends, loyal staffers, major political sponsors, and church members, among others. All of them learned first-hand that Bentley is a mean-spirited sociopath and a habitual liar.

Bentley says he is not resigning because the people of Alabama need his “leadership”. Last week, Alabamian received an up-close dose of this “leadership” when they listened to Bentley’s tape-recorded love chat with Rebekah. The governor’s phone sex tapes made Alabama the laughing stock of the nation.

Bentley has started practicing his defense to likely criminal charges. The governor has engaged in a whisper campaign in which he is privately spinning the scandal this way: Rebekah Mason and David Byrne (Bentley’s chief legal advisor) are to blame for everything that happened in his “sex for power” scandal and public corruption case because he simply trusted them and relied on their professional advice and guidance. Bentley says that he is only guilty of moral failings and that his sinful lust for Rebekah is not a criminal offense.

Remarkably, Bentley is casting Rebekah in the “villain” role. According to the governor’s spin, Rebekah used her constant access to him as an opportunity to started flirting with him. Eventually she became a “seductress” who saw Bentley as a lonely old man. Rebekah used her charm and warm personality to sweep Bentley off of his feet. She wanted Bentley to hold her, kiss her, fondle her breasts and buttocks, and allow her to experience the joys of loving a sitting governor. Bentley resisted this temptation as much as he could before finally giving in to Rebekah’s womanhood, beauty and bedroom skills. And, when confronted by the reality of a losing his job, Bentley snapped back to his senses.

The reality is this: Bentley is a 73-year old sexual pervert and touchy-feely predator who was attracted to Rebekah, a 40-year old married mother of three young children. Bentley coveted Rebekah from the beginning. The governor hired Rebekah’s husband, Jonathan Mason, just so she could be around Bentley on a daily basis.

Bentley used the power, prestige, and trapping of the governor’s office as a magnet to pull Rebekah into his web of marital deceit and public corruption. Bentley spiked the relationship by channeling vast sums of money to Rebekah and her husband.

Bentley sized Jonathan up early on and determined that he was a “yes” man. Prior to joining the governor’s staff as a department head in 2011, Jonathan was a part-time weatherman at a tiny TV station in Tuscaloosa. Jonathan was never a threat to the governor’s relationship with his wife because Bentley paid Jonathan a handsome salary to look away.

By 2014, Bentley had succeeded in his romantic conquest of Rebekah. She had become his secret girlfriend. In her new status, Rebekah enjoyed all of the power, privileges and perks normally reserved for the First Lady of Alabama.

Bentley’s unbridled lust for sexual intimacy with Rebekah is captured in detail on audiotapes released by Yellowhammer News last week. The governor took pride in the fact that he could parade around Rebekah in his boxer shorts. He was fixated on feeling her breasts, kissing her ears, and repeating whatever sexual acts they had performed behind closed (but not locked) doors.

Everything began to unravel after First Lady Dianne Bentley discovered the illicit love affair in 2014. True to form, Bentley when into liar mode. He told Mrs. Bentley that the relationship was a plutonic, non-physical one. Having heard the tapes, Mrs. Bentley knew this statement was a bald-faced lie; one that Bentley would repeat at his press conference last week.

After Mrs. Bentley filed for her divorce, Bentley raced into damage control mode. He consented to the divorce before his sworn deposition could be taken in the case. This enabled Bentley to continue lying, either directly or by omission, about major aspects of the affair.

What is more, Bentley’s description of the relationship at his press conference was flatly contradicted by the very words he uttered on the phone when he did not know the call was being recorded. Even if the public wanted to believe the governor, which time was he telling the truth? When Bentley thought he was speaking freely to his lover on the phone in 2014, or when he was giving prepared remarks furnished by his crisis management team in 2016?
Additionally, Bentley’s public corruption crime spree has been ongoing for several years. He is the ringleader of a criminal enterprise operating straight out of the governor’s office. Rebekah has a unique opportunity to make herself a valuable government witness for federal prosecutors. After all, she was the governor’s lover and co-owner of his secret bank safe deposit box.

Fired ALEA head Spencer Collier and other former state law enforcement officials are cooperating with the federal probe. They have the scoop on Bentley. Barring interference from Montgomery U.S. Attorney George Beck, it looks like Bentley, Rebekah, and others will probably face a host of federal felony charges. Bentley will claim a lack of knowledge of any illegal activity within his office and will blame all criminal wrongdoing on Rebekah, David Byrne, and other subordinates. Bentley will confess to having committed moral indiscretions. As he has shown in the past, Bentley is fully prepared to lie his way out of this hot mess.

Bentley has ruined Rebekah’s life on multiple levels. The Cinderella/Prince Charming ride experience has ended for these two lovers. As expected, Bentley is privately trashing what is left of Rebekah’s character and reputation in order to portray himself as a sympathetic victim of her sinister “manipulation”.

To be clear, Rebekah did not start this romantic relationship; Bentley did. Rebekah was not in the superior workplace employment position; Bentley was. Rebekah did not hold the keys to her family’s enhanced income; Bentley did. Rebekah could not provide the romantic backdrops, ambience and airplane flights that fanned the flames of the love affair; Bentley could and did so on taxpayer dollars. Rebekah had no real value in Bentley’s eyes unless she was willing to submit to his uncontrollable lust for her companionship and body. Bentley was the sexual predator; Rebekah was the prey. In this setting, Rebekah is not the villain here; Bentley is.

Yet, Rebekah was the one who was forced to walk the plank yesterday. Bentley does not care about Rebekah, her children, her husband, or the pain and anguish he has caused them. He only cares about himself. This is why Rebekah is the newest name on Bentley’s long list of discarded family members, personal friends, loyal staffers, and dedicated supporters.

Rebekah should save herself now. She should contact the FBI promptly and tell them everything. If Rebekah tells the whole truth about Bentley right now, she stands a good chance of getting a very lenient sentence. She could receive probation or home detention for her role in Bentley’s crime spree.

If Rebekah pursues any other course of action, she runs a substantial risk that she will be charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a long prison term. The evidence of Bentley’s public corruption is simply overwhelming. A long prison sentence would devastate Rebekah and her children because she will miss the opportunity to see them grow into adulthood.

At this juncture, Rebekah’s best option is to cooperate with federal investigators by telling the truth. Bentley is incapable of telling the truth, but he is very capable of framing Rebekah so that she takes the fall in this scandal.

I do not want to see Rebekah crucified in a criminal justice system I know all too well, while Bentley walks around free.

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