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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Freaky Becky" Mason and "Dr. Love" Bentley look bad in Alabama's sex scandal, but another GOP insider--no stranger to sleaze-- looks almost as bad as they do

Jessica Garison, with Luther Strange
(From marieclaire.com)
Rebekah Caldwell Mason yesterday became the first major casualty of the sex scandal enveloping Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. To be sure, "Freaky Becky" Mason and "Dr. Love" Bentley don't look so good in the public eye these days. That especially seems to be the case now that we know Bentley pressured law enforcement to target me and attorney Donald Watkins in order to silence Web-based reporting on the gubernatorial liaison. And this morning, we have reports that Bentley is likely to face articles of impeachment as early as next week.

It looks grim for Bentley and Mason, but someone else looks almost as bad as they do--and she is a GOP insider who has been the subject of numerous posts here at Legal Schnauzer.

We're talking about Jessica Medeiros Garrison, former campaign manager and all-around "gal pal" to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Garrison filed a defamation lawsuit against me for reporting, accurately, that she had an affair with Strange. Last October, Garrison somehow caught the attention of Liz Welch, a writer for women's fashion magazine Marie Claire. The two combined on an "as told to" article that touted Garrison's $3.5-million default judgment in the case and defamed me in more ways than I can count.

Did the "dynamic duo" of Garrison and Welch mention that her default judgment was void, as a matter of law? Nope. Did they mention that Garrison's lawsuit was built almost entirely on a mountain of fraud and perjury? Nope. Did they mention that Garrison's lawsuit, as a matter of law, proved that my reporting was NOT false or defamatory--and Garrison has publicly stated that she plans to try to have my articles censored, even though they've never been proven false or defamatory at trial? Of course not. That would take a level of honesty and integrity that Garrison and Welch apparently are not capable of reaching.

Which brings us to Garrison and Mason--and how their two stories of sleaze intersect. In her haste to defame me, Garrison apparently thought it would be a good idea to jump on the Mason/Bentley "love train." After all, I was the journalist who had broken the gubernatorial-affair story last August 31, almost seven months before the national press went gaga over it last week.

Garrison was in the process of trying to con the public into believing my reporting about her affair with Luther Strange was inaccurate, so she must have thought it was a good time to try to convince the public my reporting on the Bentley/Mason affair also was false.

In the wake of Mason's resignation--not to mention audio recordings of Bentley stating he liked to caress Mason's breasts and explore her nether regions--that doesn't look like such a good idea now.

For one thing, the Bentley/Mason contretemps could go way beyond the groping and groaning of two "family values" Christians who let lust lead them astray. Just how ugly could it get? Consider these words from Birmingham attorney Donald Watkins, in a Facebook post titled "Bentley Unmasked." Some highlights:

Federal and state criminal investigators are hot on the trail of Alabama’s newest “Bonnie and Clyde” couple. Bentley’s case is dripping with evidence of wire and mail fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and racketeering violations under federal law, among other charges. At the end of the day, Robert Bentley is nothing more than a lovesick “swinger” and hardcore “racketeer” who ran a criminal enterprise out of the governor’s office and who sponsored his illicit love affair with taxpayer dollars and donations/funneled money to various organizations. . . .

Reports are flooding into our Facebook news team about certain “pay-to-play” contracts that implicate Bentley and Rebekah directly. It seems that the loving couple found an effective way to circumvent public oversight, transparency and competitive bid laws by channeling millions of public dollars into entities like the Workforce Councils of Alabama and others legitimate agencies and then directing the recipient agency to execute vendor contracts with certain special friends and supporters.

Now that federal investigators are following the money, Bentley has stopped talking.

Doesn't sound like anyone would want to hitch a ride on that train wreck. But Jessica Garrison did just that a few months ago. Here is what Garrison told Liz Welch, who apparently is incapable of asking a single question that might help determine if her source is trustworthy or full of horse feces:

I wish that's where my story ended. In a way, it is—but another chapter just opened.

The week before last, I got a call from a man who works in Alabama politics. He was upset about rumors swirling around the recent announcement of Governor Robert Bentley's impending divorce. Bentley's wife filed papers in late August, which prompted the same blogger who lied about me to write that the cause was primarily the result of an affair with one of his aides, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

I had no idea if any of this was true—all I knew was that it brought back all the anxiety, stress, and sadness that had consumed me for months when I was the target of the same man.

I have since learned that Rebekah has retained a lawyer, and while I don't know the details of her case, I do know this: I am proud of her for fighting for her name and reputation. If more women fight back, then maybe, just maybe, people like Shuler will stop seeing us as easy targets—and more as forces better not reckoned with.

What was Garrison trying to accomplish here? Three or four things seem apparent:

(1) She was trying to "climb in bed with" Rebekah Mason and Gov. Bentley (pardon the terrible pun). She wanted to be seen as their ally, as someone who had been through an experience similar to theirs.

(2) She wanted the public to know that the mean old journalist who had "lied about [her]" was now targeting Ms. Mason in the same reckless manner.

(3) She is proud of Ms. Mason for retaining a lawyer to fight for "her name and reputation," issuing a thinly veiled threat to other journalists that they best not report on white, female GOP operatives.

Garrison's narrative was weak to begin with, but now it has sprung massive leaks:

Rebekah Caldwell Mason
* If Garrison is saying her experience was similar to that of Mason and Bentley . . . well, that means she, in fact, had an affair with Strange. After all, we now know my reporting on Mason and Bentley was right on target. The public record shows that, as a matter of law, my reporting on Strange and Garrison also was on target.

* If Garrison wants the public to believe I "lied" about Mason the way I "lied" about her . . . well, the public now knows I didn't "lie" about Mason. That seems to blow a major hole in the Marie Claire claim that I lied about Garrison. It certainly shows that I am a professional journalist, I take my reporting here seriously, and I have darned good sources.

* If Garrison is fired up about Mason's fight for "her name and reputation" . . . well, that fight isn't going so well at the moment. Our guess is that quite a few Alabamians now think of Mason as a "political slut" and a "power-hungry whore." Mason will be lucky if she avoids the term "federal inmate." Based on Donald Watkins' insights, Mason might want to start considering how she will look in an environment where "orange is the new black."

The bottom line? Jessica Garrison went out of her way to side with Rebekah Mason, in an apparent effort to bolster her claim that I have a habit of reporting inaccurately on matters of political intrigue. Well, the Mason case now shows that I have a habit of getting it right--and Mason's career as a political advisor is toast.

Perhaps the public needs to take another look at my reporting on the Garrison/Strange affair. That's because--as a matter of law, and otherwise--it's on target.

In an effort to add levity to the proceedings, let's check out the 1976 KISS classic, "Calling Dr. Love." Sounds like Ms. Mason put out several calls to "Doctor Love"--and he was more than willing to respond. (BTW, is it just me, or does this song need a little more cowbell in the intro?)


Anonymous said...

"Freaky Becky" and "Dr. Love." Gotta love it.

Anonymous said...

I could see Ms. Garrison going down in flames, too. Ouch.

Anonymous said...

Garrison's Marie Claire article made her look sketchy before. Now, it makes her look like a complete bubble brain.

Gene Simmons said...

For those unfamiliar with the brilliance of KISS, here are the lyrics to "Calling Dr. Love." So sweet, so sentimental. These words touch my heart every time:

"Calling Dr. Love"
by KISS, 1976

You need my love baby, oh so bad
You're not the only one I've ever had
And if I say I want to set you free
Don't you know you'll be in misery

They call me (Dr. Love)
They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of (calling Dr. Love)

And even though I'm full of sin
In the end you'll let me in
You'll let me through, there's nothin' you can do
You need my lovin', don't you know it's true

So if you please get on your knees
There are no bills, there are no fees
Baby, I know what your problem is
The first step of the cure is a kiss

So call me (Dr. Love)
They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
I am your doctor of love (calling Dr. Love), haaaaaa
They call me (Dr. Love), they call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of (calling Dr. Love)

Ooh, they call me (Dr. Love)
I am the doctor of love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of (calling Dr. Love)
Ooh, they Call me (Dr. Love)
I am your doctor of love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinking of (calling Dr. Love), ooh, yeah
Yeah, they call me (Dr. Love)
They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of (calling Dr. Love)
Love, love, love, (Dr. Love)
Love, love, love, love, (calling Dr. Love) love Dr. Love
(Calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' (Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure you're thinkin' of (calling Dr. Love)
They call me Dr. Love (Dr. Love)
They call me Dr. Love (calling Dr. Love)
I've got the cure

Anonymous said...

Monday, July 27,2016
An FBI agent(Baker) who played a central role in the Alabama bingo trial and the Don Siegelman prosecution....now hired by Luther Strange
Tuesday,february 15,2011
....he (Strange) had hired Matt Hart
Tuesday, Sept 30,2014
...going down (Hubbard) with the Riley Machine....
...expressed my own concerns(Roger) about Matt Hart (as a Federal prosecutor)
Lets play a game of last man standing.but first we must fill in the blanks
IF Hubbard testifies in a federal probe, then he is going down with the Riley Machine in a State Probe. If Hubbard can delay his trial long enough, he will be the last man standing.

Pete Townsend said...

Dunno mate.

The lyrics seem a little obvious. Whatever happened to leaving it at a titillating double entendre?

I'm partial to Squeezebox meself.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Garrison taught Mason everything she knows?

Peter Criss said...

Hey, who's knocking my cowbell? I worked for months on that arrangement.

Fred Durst said...

Fuck innuendo.

Was it about the nookie?

I did it all for the nookie
The nookie
So you can take that cookie
And stick it up your, yeah!!
Stick it up your, yeah!!
Stick it up your, yeah!!
Why did it take so long?
Why did I wait so long, huh
To figure it out? but I did it
And I'm the only one underneath the sun who didn't get it
I cant believe that I can be deceived
By my so called girl, but in reality
Had hidden agenda
She put my tender heart in a blender
And still I surrendered
Hey, like a chump

Shaheed AbdulAzeez said...

Al.com.....Conner Sheets:Jon Mason received 240,600 from University Alabama via paypal!

Anonymous said...

Don Siegelman has had attorney after attorney throw him under the bus. Now his own son is his attorney.Surely with information that has been disclosed recently, his own son can pull him from under the bus.

Anonymous said...

Bentley bought multiple disposable 'burner' cell phones at Tuscaloosa Best Buy, employees say

Is it time for the full body cavity searches to commence?

Or do they need a perpwalk first?

Amanda Hugginkiss said...


Long-time reader, first-time poster.

Wasn't your mental competency hearing scheduled for yesterday (March 30)? How did it go? Did you win?

e.a.f. said...

OMG, that is one of the funniest articles yet! Perhaps funny is the wrong word. what goes around, comes around and it looks like its come around for these "good" people. You were certainly ahead of the curve on this one.

Happy to hear things are working "out".

legalschnauzer said...

Amanda @ 3:08: The hearing was held yesterday & the case was dismissed. We did not have to appear in court, however, our attorney was present. So yes, we won. Thanks for asking. I'll be writing more about it. Love your name by the way! LOL

legalschnauzer said...

Amanda @ 3:08: The hearing was held yesterday & the case was dismissed. We did not have to appear in court, however, our attorney was present. So yes, we won. Thanks for asking. I'll be writing more about it. Love your name by the way! LOL

Anonymous said...

History can now record that the crew of the Camperdown, with Bentley on board, threw the cat overboard to increase buo'yancy'. Meanwhile the Victoria, with Riley on board,steams full speed ahead and the Eliza Battle, with Hubbard on board, continues to paddle in circles.

Anonymous said...

When I watched the news as a naive youth,Walter Cronkite would always say thats the way it is. Now 65 years later I know that is not true. Ricky Stokes reported Keith Baker's affair as his source wanted it to be. Josh Moon reported the bingo trial transcripts according to how his source wanted them to be. Charles Dean reported on Bentley as Mason wanted it to be. Bill Britt has reported the Hubbard "persecution"
like Matt Hart wants it to be. John Archibald has been tied to a damn tree. Meanwhile Roger has laid it out there. He has said ,this is the data. Decide for yourself what you see. That is all I got to say.

Anonymous said...

LS: Rather than "Kiss" or "Squeeze-box" the Mason aspect of your story reminded me of an old Nicole Kidman film:


R Hammond said...

If a guy were to stand off a bit and observe all of this....it makes one wonder with all of this PAC money, political advising, connections back and forth to UA, and money layered around.....who is Mr X or the big gainer out of this whole mess? It's way beyond Bentley or Hubbard....so what's the real top level of this whole thing? Personally, the UA money funneling to me....looks like a typical mafia operation. No one does audits much against UA or any of the other dozen-odd universities in the state.

Anonymous said...

My question is - is the Attorney General's office still doing any work? Have they been neutered by politics? Who's minding the store?