Antigay Alabama governor may be impeached for having phone-sex with aide

Dianne Bentley, the governor’s ex-wife, filed for divorce in 2015, saying their 50-year marriage had suffered an irreparable breakdown. Recordings obtained by The Associated Press purportedly show the governor — before his divorce — professing love to someone named Rebecca or Rebekah and telling her how much he enjoyed kissing her and touching her breasts.

“I love you so much; I worry about loving you so much,” Bentley says on the call.

The governor in a news conference last month said he did not have a “physical affair” with Mason and that there was no “sexual activity.”

Henry said the recordings cast doubt on Bentley’s description and undermine the governor’s credibility on that and other issues.

The impeachment articles lay out few specifics of the charges against the governor but cite an “inappropriate relationship” with Mason and suspicions that he might have inappropriately used his office resources to conceal or advance the relationship. The impeachment articles also cite a lack of transparency in how Mason was paid. Mason was not on payroll, but was paid by Bentley’s campaign.

Bentley has a habit of saying in speeches how much he loves the people of his state. Henry said voters do not reciprocate the affection right now.

“If he truly loves the people of this state, he’ll step down,” Henry said.

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