Bentley spokeswoman says Mason not returning to office

FILE -In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley listens to a phone call as Rebekah Mason, right, announces his win for Alabama governor, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent Democrat Parker Griffith. Bentley admitted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, that he made inappropriate remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Bentley said he did not have a sexual relationship with Mason, but he apologized to his family and Mason's for his behavior. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says the governor’s former political adviser — whose relationship with the governor became part of an impeachment probe — is not returning to the administration.

Bentley spokeswoman Yasamie August issued the clarification Thursday after Bentley became testy when a reporter asked if Rebekah Caldwell Mason was returning to the administration.

Bentley became visibly irritated and asked why he would ask that question. Bentley added that he didn’t think people cared as long as he was doing his job well.

August says the governor was frustrated over false rumors regarding Mason.

Mason resigned after Bentley’s fired law enforcement secretary accused Mason and the governor of having an affair. Bentley admitted inappropriate conversations but denied having a sexual affair.

The impeachment probe was suspended this month.

Rep. Allen Farley issued a response Bentley’s comments, which can be read in full below:

About Governor Bentley’s comment: He is apparently out of touch with the citizens of this great state. We care very much about who our Governor places around him. We have always told our kids “You’re judged by the company you keep”. God Bless America!!!

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