Fired public official alleges that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was having an affair
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDEF) – There were two major events on Tuesday for Alabama’s top law enforcement officer, and they are probably related.
Spencer Collier was fired as head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.
At about the same time, he was giving details to Al.com about a long-rumored affair by Governor Robert Bentley with his chief adviser.
He produced a timeline of internal investigations by Bentley staffers who were trying to intervene.
It included a text message on the Governor’s phone and audio conversations from the Governor’s family indicating a sexual relationship with Adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason back in 2014.
Collier says at the time, the Governor confirmed the affair, but promised to end it quickly.
Now, the governor’s office completely denies the allegation.
Collier has been on medical leave for the last month because of back surgery.
But Governor Bentley has also said he was being disciplined for getting involved in another political feud that he was told to stay away from.
Then on Tuesday, Collier was fired following an internal investigation into charges that he misused state funds.
Al.com could not confirm the timing of which event happened first on Tuesday, the release of the affair or the firing.
There has been previous speculation on the Governor’s relationship with his adviser.
But no one had gone on the record about it until Collier did Tuesday.
The Governor and his wife of 50 years divorced last year.
A third party makes the story even trickier.
Collier says Stan Stabler was involved in turning up the evidence against the governor in 2014.
But he issued a statement Tuesday saying Collier’s claims are false.
The Governor picked Stabler to replace Collier.
You can read more on the story at Al.com.