Alabama Governor Robert Bentley faces impeachment hearings after being caught having an affair with one of his aides.
The Republican governor and former deacon found himself in a sex scandal after recordings of him “making suggestive remarks to a female aide before he and his wife of 50 years got divorced” became public in 2016, CBS News writes.
Romantic text messages between Gov. Bentley and his mistress Rebekah Mason have emerged as well. Screen shots of the texts are published in an impeachment report:
WKRG says Bentley’s ex-wife Dianne supplied the text messages from Bentley’s private “Rebekah” phone. We can’t help but wonder if this text had something to do with it:
Yes, that’s Robert Bentley calling his wife by his mistress’s name. Oof. Poor Dianne.
A document containing more flirty and nauseating texts between Bentley and his girlfriend can be found here:
This affair isn’t Bentley’s only offence. The Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley misused campaign funds as well, CBS News reports. One witness before the commission claimed that Bentley used nearly $9,000 in campaign funds to pay for his mistress’s lawyer.
State legislators are trying to get Bentley impeached, but he maintains he did nothing wrong.
Robert Bentley’s Anti-LGBTQ Past
It should surprise no one that Gov. Bentley has a history of anti-LGBTQ activism.
He’s against marriage equality. When same-sex marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court in 2015, Bentley released the following statement:
I have always believed in the Biblical definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. That definition has been deeply rooted in our society for thousands of years. Regardless of today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, I still believe in a one man and one woman definition of marriage.
Bentley’s definition of marriage apparently means “one man, one woman and one flirty employee named Rebekah.”