Alabama governor’s scandal brings resignation of top aide

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair.

Rebekah Caldwell Mason announced Wednesday that she would stop serving as Bentley’s senior political adviser.

The resignation capped an explosive eight days in state politics that rocked the administration of the conservative Republican governor.

Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier — a day after being fired by Bentley — accused Bentley of having an affair with Mason and of interfering with a law enforcement investigation.

Bentley says he didn’t have a “physical affair” with Mason but apologized for his behavior.

A few Republicans have called for Bentley to resign. A state legislator wants lawmakers to vote on bringing impeachment proceedings.