USDA To Reconsider Ouster Of Shirley Sherrod (UPDATED)

Posted by | July 21, 2010 02:08 | Filed under: Top Stories

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he will reconsider the decision to oust Shirley Sherrod because of remarks she made to the NAACP.

Vilsack said in a statement early Wednesday morning that he will “conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts” about his decision to ask Shirley Sherrod to resign.

Sherrod, who was the Agriculture Department’s director of rural development in Georgia, criticized the administration for pushing her to resign Monday after a blogger posted an edited video of her saying that she didn’t give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

Sherrod says her remarks were part of a story about racial reconciliation, not racism.

UPDATE: Vilsack’s statement came after a late-night phone call from the White House.

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