Rebekah Caldwell Mason, a “top political aide to” Gov. Robert Bentley (R), “resigned Wednesday … after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair.”
“Mason announced her resignation in a statement sent by the governor’s office, saying she would no longer serve as Bentley’s senior political adviser and would no longer be paid by his campaign fund or work for a nonprofit organization formed to promote … his agenda.”
Mason: “My only plans are to focus my full attention on my precious children and my husband who I love dearly. They are the most important people in my life.” (AP)
NEXT TO GO? State Rep. Ed Henry (R) said “he will start the process of impeachment against … Bentley next week … based on ‘incompetence and moral turpitude.’” (WHNT-TV)
DRIP, DRIP. “Bentley last year attempted to stop a Republican lawmaker from presenting concerns over the governor’s relationship with a top adviser to state Attorney General Luther Strange” (R). State Rep. Allen Farley (R) “posted on his blog Monday that he received a phone call from Bentley the night before Farley presented a letter to Strange. The letter, Farley said in his blog, sought the assistance of the AG’s office to determine if Bentley ‘did in fact (in facilitating the alleged adulterous relationship) utilize any of Alabama’s resources outside the official capacity of his elected office.’”
Bentley, according to Farley: “I don’t think you need to get [state Attorney General] Luther [Strange (R)] involved in it personally.” (Alabama Media Group)
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