Turns Out Wife Of Cheating Governor Had Been Plotting Her Revenge For Years
In the aftermath of former Alabama Governor Robert Bentleys resignation earlier this week, were beginning to learn the role his ex-wife, Dianne Bentley, played in his downfall.
He reportedly violated a number of campaign finance and state ethics laws while pursuing hisextramarital relationship with Mason.
If youre wondering how the Alabama House Ethics Committee managed to obtain all of their evidence of the former governors affair, then its high time you learned a bit more about his ex-wife, Dianne.
The former first lady of Alabama initially suspected something waswrong in her marriage way back in 2013, when she noticed Mason was regularly textingthe governor off-hours about non-work-related matters.
However, Dianne didnt find her smoking gun until February 2014.
As she sat at a dinner table with both Robert and his mistress during theNational Governors Association in Washington DC, Dianne noticed her husbandhad sent an extremely flirtatious text to Mason:
I cant take my eyes off of you.
How Dianne managed to swallow the pain of officially realizing, in public, that her husband was cheating on her with his adviser, Ill never understand.
Robert continued to be horrendouslybad at covering up his affair with Mason. In the spring of 2014, he accidentally texted his wife saying, I love you, Rebekah.
But his worst mistake, by far, had to be when the former governorgave Dianne his state-issued iPad.
Apparently, the 74-year-old was utterly oblivious to the fact that the device was synced with his state-issued iPhone, and any texts sentfrom the phone would also be accessible on the iPad.
The texts revealed, um, lots of passion
and lots of love
and talks of running away together.
As if that wasnt all damning enough, Dianne also managed to obtain audio evidence of her ex-husbands affair.
According to the impeachment report, in March 2014, she turned on her phones recorder, dropped it into her purse and told her then-husbandshe was going for a long walk on the beach.
After she left the handbag behind, the audio capturedRobert and Mason chatting on the phone about Masons breasts within just one minute of Diannes absence.
Though Dianne filed for divorce in 2015, she didnt hand over the evidence to the ethics committee until 2016.
While the texts and audio certainly damaged Roberts reputation, his desperate and sketchy attempts to cover up the affair ultimately sealed his fate.
According to the report, he used his bodyguard and law enforcement to intimidate people who knew about the affair into silence.
Plus, the Alabama attorney generals office said Robert had failed to disclose a $50,000 personal loan to his campaign account, and he apparently allowed nearly $9,000 of campaign money to be used for Masons lawyers.
The former governor of Alabama officially resigned on Monday, April 10, and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.
Hes since said he will never run for or occupy public office again.