In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, the woman accused of being Governor Robert Bentley’s mistress claimed sexism in the allegations.
Outsted ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier said that Mason exerted influence over the governor, weighing in on policy decisions that impact Alabamians.
Collier said that he did not feel Mason’s influence was appropriated since she had never been elected.
Mason did not address the affair allegations, but she did say that Collier’s comments on her influence were sexist.
“There is no way that man [Collier] would have said what he did…about another man. He only said what he said about my professional abilities because I am a woman. His comments were clear, demonstrated gender bias,” said Mason.
“Since 2010, I have proudly served as Gov. Robert Bentley’s Campaign Press Secretary, Communications Director, Advisor, Campaign Communications Director and now Senior Policy Advisor. It is an honor to serve our Governor and the people of our state.”
She went on to mention her commute.
“As a wife and working mother, I commute four hours a day to serve on a team alongside some of the most dedicated and talented people in the state, who are committed to helping our people. Unfortunately, there are still some people who are set on hindering the ability of women to work in the political arena. I am proud on what I have accomplished in the political arena. And I’m grateful for the opportunity God has given me to serve our state.”
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