Top aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigns amid scandal


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is resigning, a week after he apologized for making inappropriate remarks to her.

Rebekah Caldwell Mason said in a statement Wednesday that she is resigning as Bentley’s senior policy analyst. The decision comes a week after Bentley’s admission during a news conference, where he also denied having an affair with her.

The governor said he apologized to his family and Mason’s for his behavior.

Mason had served as Bentley’s senior policy adviser since January. Mason, a former television news anchor in Bentley’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, signed on as spokeswoman for the little-known legislator’s longshot bid for governor in 2010. She worked as the governor’s communications adviser before leaving to work on his 2014 re-election.

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This story has been corrected to show Mason was no longer a news anchor when she joined Bentley’s campaign.