Alabama’s Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is allegedly having an affair, and his wife divorced him. Given that Bentley spent $1,732.68 on “cell phones and prepaid wireless” at Best Buy last year, according to Bentley’s state campaign finance records, it seems inevitable.
Any time a government official leaves a trail of “burner” (disposable) cell phones, it looks bad. In Bentley’s case, the evidence is damning. One current and one former employees of Best Buy told AL.com they had sold the governor a burner personally. The phones retail for about $15 each.
Bentley’s spokesperson Jennifer Ardis released a statement to AL.com via email about the the governor’s budget line items via email Friday afternoon:
‘All expenditures related to the purchase of phones were filed according to state laws, rules and regulations related to the use of campaign funds.’
According to AL.com, the current Best Buy employee said in an online message Thursday morning:
‘[U]p until the scandal came to light, Bentley HIMSELF would by (sic) little burner phones … I witnesssed it with my own 2 eyes and even sold him one. I sold to him once, saw him purchase twice.’
The former employee sold Bentley a burner last year:
‘I just remember Governor Bentley coming into Best Buy. And he purchased one. There was one other man with him. I don’t know if he was security; he wasn’t dressed like security. He may have been an advisor or a friend or something.’
According to AL.com, former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency head Spencer Collier said that Bentley stayed away from emails and preferred to communicate via text message. Bentley fired Collier March 22, and that brought renewed attention to Bentley’s alleged sexual relationship with his former top political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
AL.com published this recording last week of Bentley making sexual comments to a woman Collier identified as Mason. Bentley’s former wife made the recording on her cell phone.
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