Thursday, July 19, 2018

"Luv Guv" Robert Bentley, Alabama's former chief executive, claims his fondling of adviser Rebekah Mason was not inappropriate workplace behavior

Most rational Alabamians probably concluded that former Gov. Robert Bentley was a corrupt, dishonest rube about the time he resigned in April 2017, after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. If there is any doubt that Bentley is a loon, it should be erased by Bentley's words in a deposition, revealed this week.

What is the surest sign Bentley is so narcissistic and self-righteous that his visions of grandiosity form a disconnect with reality? My No. 1 choice is this: Audio evidence shows that Bentley delighted in massaging the boobs and exploring the nether regions of married senior adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason, but he now says such behavior was not -- I repeat, NOT -- inappropriate.

If you have forgotten the contents of the Bentley audio, we have a transcript here, courtesy of Yellowhammer News. As for the deposition, we invite you to take a gander at these words from Bentley, on pages 176 and 177, and try not to spew. (The full deposition is embedded at the end of this post.) The questioning, from attorney Kenneth Mendelsohn, focuses on Bentley's divorce from his wife of 50 years, Dianne:

Q. Was the relationship between you and Rebekah Mason the reason for the divorce?

MS. MAYS: Object to the form.

A. It was one of the reasons, yes.

Q. And I understand you say that there was no consummation of your love, but Mrs. Bentley did not like the relationship that you had with Mrs. Mason?

MR. SEGALL: Object to the form.

A. No, she did not.

Q. And she believed that as a married man, and certainly a man that had been married for right around 50 years, that having such a relationship with Ms. Mason was inappropriate?

MR. SEGALL: Object to the form.

A. I'm sure that she did.

Q. Do you consider the relationship inappropriate? 
A. No.
Bentley even struggles to admit he owed the people of Alabama an apology. He decides to play the "clueless oaf" card, a role for which he is particularly well suited. From pages 177-178:

Q. And there have been a couple of occasions where you apologized to the people of the state of Alabama. Do you recall those?

A. I do.

Q. What were you apologizing for?

A. The first time I apologized was in a press conference, that was the day that Spencer [Collier] had his press conference; but at that time, I don't know what I was apologizing for, because I didn't know what I was even talking about. I didn't know what was released. You know, I apologized for inappropriate things that I may have said, but at that time I didn't know what those things were. And if I had it to do over again, I probably would not have had a press conference that day. But the second time that I apologized, then all of this had been brought out. I mean, I still didn't know what was on the tapes, I never knew that until they were actually released. So the second time that I apologized, it was up in Huntsville, and I wanted an opportunity to do that, I did do that. I said, "I own these. If it's my voice, I own them. I do not deny it, and I want to apologize to the people of the state and to anybody that was hurt from them."

Good Lord, this guy makes Shallow Hal sound like Alistair Cooke.


Anonymous said...

Bentley is delusional. What an embarrassment for the state.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bentley, meet Mr. Perjury.

Anonymous said...

What would it have to be for Bentley to consider it inappropriate behavior in the workplace? An orgy?

Anonymous said...

-----What would it have to be for Bentley to consider it inappropriate behavior in the workplace? An orgy?------

If I was a patient of Dr Bentley I'd be wondering the same thing!

Or, if my family was sitting in a church with him...maybe the same!

The optics of the old lecher paying Becky $5,000 a month to "manage" whatever she "manages"...after all his trials and tribulations as governor...and the optics of the apparently still married Becky being employed by the old lech...maybe her hubby has a job mowing the Doctor's lawn since his state gravy train got derailed by the LS...this shit's some straight up trailer park!

Luckily for Dr. Bentley these revelations won't be appearing where Tuscaloser low information citizens and voters will see them.

Anonymous said...

Luv Guv should be in prison.

Anonymous said...

What services does Becky provide for $5,000 a month now?

Anonymous said...

This is what you get when two people greatly overestimate their own abilities.

Anonymous said...

"By repetition, each lie becomes an irreversible fact upon which other lies are constructed." —John le CarrĂ©

Anonymous said...

Luv Guv probably got off lightly because he threatened to spill dirt on the Riley Gang.

Anonymous said...

Alabama must have more breeds of right-wing criminals than any other state.

legalschnauzer said...

@10:54 --

Missouri would give Alabama a run for its money.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:26 --

Love this . . .

"this shit's some straight up trailer park!"

Anonymous said...

If I ever run into Mr Bentley in the produce section I'll ask him to pick a pair of melons for me. From all appearances he seems to know what he's doing.

e.a.f. said...

If the "idiot" didn't know why he was apologizing, why was the "idiot" even in his position of Governor. Any one in such an important position as Governor ought to be careful about what he says. Oh, well this is the same country which elected Trump.

On one level I am constantly surprised that a country as powerful as the U.S.A. has people in office who are as stupid as they are. I can only attribute the continued status of the U.S.A. then to the civil servants who work for the government, which would include the various agencies, a the few politicians who truly are smart and keep everything going.

If in this decade, in this century, a politicians or any one else doesn't think the former Governor's actions weren't inappropriate, they ought to not be in office or in their position. WE have seen prominent people resign from office for inappropriate things they said. ?This "idiot" doesn't think its inappropriate to "fondle" a person working for them????/ omg.

I'd expect Ms. Becky receives $5K per month to not talk about what went on. I'd say, keep her mouth shut, but that brings up a whole lot of other things politicians have been involved with.

If this former Governor doesn't think his actions are inappropriate, then we can see why Trump thinks turning Bill Browder over to the Russians is O.K. Both are truly delusional or just bat shit crazy. Putin doesn't want to "ask" Browder any questions, he wants to kill him. If the President of the U.S.A. would let a foreign government "question" citizens of the U.S.A. then we can certainly understand why Bentley was using state resources to "investigate" you and others who were opposed to him.

It truly is amazing that American politicians think its O.K. to use state resources to settle personal scores. The U.S.A. WASN'T supposed to be a two bit dictatorship.

WE have the State of Georgia, Kemp, in a lawsuit with a group of election integrity activists about their last election. Did the Russians hack into it or not. I have this very peculiar feeling if we sat down and went through all the states in the U.S.A. we would find similar goings on, like Alabama the attack on you, the past time of the former Gov.; the actions of the President and his crew and the state of Georgia.

No wonder Japan signed a free trade agreement with Europe. Some countries can see the hand writing on the wall. Its time to divest themselves or detach themselves from the U.S.A.

No wonder McCain and Cardin sponsored the Magnitsky Act. There ought to be an internal version of this act, just to keep the criminality from moving from state to state. Oh, I think there already is............

In my opinion all of these actions contribute to a deterioration of the American political system, which will eventually, if not stopped, lead to Russia controlling the American political and economic system. When the Russians countered the Magnitsky act, the people they listed were American DEA, FBI agents, judges, and assistant U.S. attorneys.

The U.S.A. is not alone in being targeted by Russia for passing the Magnitsky Act. Canada's Foreign Minister is at the top of the list, Christiana Freeland, because we passed a similar act after Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

Big or small corruption effects us all. It weakens not only our political structures but how people are able to live their daily lives. If bloggers can be put in prison, have their businesses attacked, have their lives threatened, where will it end? Perhaps when farmers see how much money they are loosing and can no longer maintain their family farms, some thing will be done. At least they, unlike their president and other politicians usually know what bull shit is.

legalschnauzer said...

e.a.f --

Thanks for making a lot of good points. Bentley's thoughts on an apology brought the phrase "tortured logic" to mind.

I bet you are right. The cushy $5,000 a month job probably is for keeping her mouth shut. Dr. Luv seemed to go out of his way to say she worked full hours, but I bet she doesn't. Perhaps she appears when there is a fondling session scheduled.

In the state legislative investigation, I think it came out that Bentley family members were concerned she would wind up filing a sexual harassment action against the old goat. They probably had good reason to be worried about that -- and yet, the guv says he didn't do anything inappropriate.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised Bentley has many patients in his dermatology practice anymore, given that everybody knows he's basically an old perv with a criminal record.

Anonymous said...

Bentley is a sorry piece of trash. But don't think the right wingers have a monopoly on corruption. The left has their wackos. Many people have remarked upon how Sen. Doug Jones looks like a homosexual pedophile. But, yet, none of the bloggers seem to be imvestigating his personal life.

legalschnauzer said...

@4:12 --

I would be more than happy to investigate Jones' personal life. In fact, I'm already researching some of his "entrepreneurial" activities from a few years back. As to other stuff in his personal life, I need some solid information to go on. If that is forthcoming, I would be glad to look into it.

S C said...

Surely no young women will allow the luv gov to perform an all-over-body check for skin cancer. I particularly liked when he claimed not to know why he apologized in the first press conference.

Anonymous said...

Just to jog everyone's memory, Bentley got away pretty much scot-free: "Bentley will repay the state for misused funds and perform community service in exchange for pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges and agreeing to never again hold public office. In return, the state attorney general's office will not pursue other felonies against Bentley, including those referred for prosecution last week by the Alabama Ethics Commission." April 7.2017 | Bentley & Becky walked away with the contents of secret bank account containing a large amount of money -- probably millions -- intact. That money, if handled wisely, could support them for some time.