Bobby Petrino and Alison Melder

In a two-month span last fall, Bobby Petrino exchanged over 200 text messages — including some picture messages — with a cell phone registered to a 26-year-old bikini model and UALR alum who worked with the Young Republicans of Arkansas and on Jim Keet’s 2010 run for governor, according to Deadspin.

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Deadspin, who identified the phone’s owner as Alison Melder, has been kind enough to dig up a link to a portfolio of Melder’s work. More from the website The Dirty.

Online, Melder identifies herself as winner of the 2008 Miss Bikini USA and Miss Motorcycle Mania competitions.

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UPDATE: Melder has also been a part-time employee of the Arkansas Republican Party since 2011. Financial reports on file, such as here, show she’s been paid about $1,770 a month. A GOP spokesman has said she had “various” duties, but no specific job title and that her employment status is under review.

Alison Melder

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  • Alison Melder via Twitter

According to her Facebook page, she’s from Dumas and her interests are Arkansas Razorbacks football and God.

On her protected Twitter account, she uses this for a description: “Go Lakers, Go Hogs, and Go GOP. (:”

Above, video from Miss Bikini 2008. Depending on where you work, it could be NSFW.

UPDATE: Video deleted already. It’s back up, embedded after the jump.

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UPDATE II: Lots of deleting going on apparently. A cached version of the Arkansas Young Republicans website from March 29 lists Melder as National Committee Woman. Today, there’s no National Committee Woman on the AYR site.

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