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Win Free Sex: Distraction

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary (ALEA), Spencer Collier, held a press conference on Wednesday, where he reiterated Gov. Robert Bentley’s order to lie to the State’s Attorney General, the firings at ALEA, the closing of ongoing criminal investigations into the Bentley Administration and a sitting State Senator. But if you read press reports from around the State about the presser, you would be led to believe it was all about an alleged affair between Gov. Bentley and his unpaid senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Sadly, sex sells more than potential criminal activities.

The story of Collier’s firing is now tied to an alleged sexual peccadillo, but it is so much more than that. This story is as old as time, where a ladder-climbing younger female finds a strong man. She is seduced by his power, and he is led astray by her charms. Those who have worked along side Bentley and Mason fear to speak publicly, but they say privately, she is not just the power behind the throne, she only allows Bentley to believe he occupies that royal seat. They are a team, but only in the sense that she runs the games, and he follows her lead.

As Collier said at his press conference, she was not elected by the people, Bentley was. But she is in charge.

Collier alluded to the fact that it was Mason who determined which drivers licenses offices would be closed, and where, and she is the one who decided that the State Parks should be closed. Others have now confirmed that it was Mason who said of the park closings, “Close them. Only poor people use them anyway,” according to two individuals in the meetings.

Gov. Bentley held a press conference just hours after Collier, where he apologized for inappropriate remarks he made to Mason, which had recorded. When asked if Mason had asked him to stop making such remarks, he said, “No.” And in a moment reminiscent of President Bill Clinton’s denial of his affair with Monica Lewinsky, the Governor said, he did not have sexual relations with Mrs. Mason.

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Collier and others have said that sexting, and other inappropriate behavior was witnessed by staff and law enforcement. Will State Senators at an impeachment hearing have to decide what the mean of is, is?

Mason said Collier had a gender bias, and that if she were a man she would be treated differently. Would the Governor have said how much he liked squeezing her breast if she were a man?

Collier once again said he would swear under oath to his actions, and that Bentley and others should do the same. But again, this is not about who did or did not have sex. This is about the law.

Did Bentley or Mason give any orders or have any influence over the firings and reassignments of ALEA personnel?

Did Bentley or Mason give any orders or have any influence over the closing of criminal cases at ALEA?

Did Bentley or Mason give any orders or have any influence over the investigation they claim shows wrong doing by Collier or others?

Did Bentley and Mason use State resources to facilitate or cover up any illicit activities?

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And was it illegal for Bentley to order Collier to lie to the Attorney General?

The alleged sexual relations between Bentley and Mason is a distraction from the most important question: Have any crimes been committed?

“Do not know, do not hear, do not see, do not speak,” are tenets from the murderous regime of Cambodian Dictator, Pol Pot, leader of the deadly Khmer Rouge. Many of the horrors of the Khmer Rouge are chronicled in the book, “The Killing Fields.”

As of late, Alabama has become a killing field for political careers, reputations and public trust. In just five and a half short years, the Republican leadership has shown that the Democrats were rank amateurs when it comes to corruption.

Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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