Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley this afternoon apologized to the people of Alabama for explicit comments he made to Rebekah Mason, his top political adviser. But Bentley, who has been under siege since former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier accused him of having an affair, denied he had been involved in a physical relationship with her.
Bentley said his comments, captured on recordings in 2014, have hurt his family and Mason’s. He called today “a difficult day.” He repeated over and over that his sins were in the words he used in talking to Mason, nothing more.
When asked to comment on the recordings – part of which include Bentley describing how he liked the come up behind the woman and touch her breasts – he clarified that it was not a “sexual relationship.” He did not explain the difference.
Last year Bentley filed a SCOTUS brief in which he proclaimed that same-sex marriage is “demeaning to democracy.” Shortly thereafter his wife of 50 years filed for divorce. Court records show that the now-former Mrs. Bentley declared that her marriage had been irretrievably broken by her husband’s affair with the above-named and 30-years-younger assistant.