AL legislator releases proclamation critical of Rebekah Mason

Published: Apr. 19, 2017 at 4:41 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2017 at 4:47 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn
Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, released an 8-page proclamation Wednesday critical of ex-Gov. Robert Bentley's former top aide and alleged mistress, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Morrow's proclamation states that while Bentley "reaped the consequences of his actions" following his resignation on April 10, Mason "has emerged virtually unscathed and without punishment for her selfish, manipulative, and possibly unlawful actions".

The legislator refers to Mason as the "protagonist of Governor Bentley's demise" and charges she is responsible for "blatant assault on the sanctity of marriage and family," following the first couple's divorce after 50 years of marriage.

In the fourth through seventh pages of the proclamation, Morrow contends Mason "in a mere matter of months" set back the efforts of professional women of Alabama who have sought equality and respect in the workplace for decades, adding anonymous quotes critical of the former Bentley aide.

The representative holds until the final page a commendation for former first lady Dianne Bentley, "for rising to the challenges of this difficult and tumultuous time for our state with grace, dignity, faith, and integrity."

On April 13, the Alabama Ethics Commission found no probable cause to indicate Mason has violated any state ethics laws.

Read the proclamation:

Morrow has previously been critical of Mason. In May 2016 he filed his second ethics complaint against both her and her husband, Jon Mason, claiming the couple knowingly left vital information off of their statement of economic interest forms. Jon Mason was named a cabinet member in the Bentley administration where he was the head of ServeAlabama.

The month prior, he filed an ethics complaint against Rebekah Mason claiming she acted as an unregistered lobbyist and lobbied against a local bill which was vetoed twice by the governor and later overturned by the House and Senate.

Morrow claimed Mason has shown hostility towards him for the last 25 years, ever since she was unhappy about a grade she received in an economics class he taught. He stated at the announcement of his proclamation that "an evil 18-year-old" ended up "coming after me."

Mason has not reacted publicly to the proclamation.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.