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Repairing permissions is very important, it can prevent issues like this and usually fix them.
Doing a clod start after helps, shut the Mac completely off and then back on.
Try that and let me know.
I have tried the above and mail will still not accept the password. I think it started when work mail required a symbol such as "!,?,&" as part of the password. Does this mess Mail up?
I have tried that several times already, is there another place mail passwords are stored?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX my key chain was corrupted.