From Governor’s House to jail, it is a long journey indeed in a matter of hours. And Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has finally realized that mere ‘talks’ with a ‘mistress’ decades younger than him can bring doom to an otherwise blooming political career.
When he won the re-election in the year 2015, not many people thought that the then 72-year old Governor will end up in jail, though merely for a couple of hours, within the next two years. Some innocent texts and rose emoji seems to have precipitated his fall from the grace.
First to desert him was Dianne Bentley with whom he was married for long. Mind you, the marriage had not lasted merely a few years or even a decade. They had been married for fifty long years after being tying the knot in the year 1965.
His romance with Rebekah Caldwell Mason destroyed the marriage of five decade. Consequently he not just lost his wife, but also his kids, who are all grown up and settled. His four sons were reportedly very angry with his cheating and his useless denials despite incriminating evidence.
In the meantime, Robert Bentley resigned Monday after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges, ending two years of scandal and intrigue that resulted from an affair with one of his top political advisors. As part of the plea deal, Bentley will submit to 12 months of unsupervised probation, surrender more than $36,000 in campaign funds and will serve 100 hours of public service. He can never run for office.
Earlier, the Montgomery County Judge Troy Massey sentenced the Governor, who had rather very clean record till very recently, to 30-day suspended jail sentence – meaning he will spend no time in jail. Jail records show that Bentley posted $600 bond.
Reports suggest that Governor Robert Bentley actually spent Sunday “negotiating terms of a resignation with state lawmakers and law enforcement”. Earlier Alabama Ethics Commission while indicting him to cover up his relations with Rebekah Caldwell Mason said, “Gov. Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks intended to protect his reputation”.