Barbour Aide Quits After Japan Joke

March 15th, 2011 at 8:50 am | No Comments |

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Politico reports:

Governor Haley Barbour’s press secretary resigned today after Politico reported that he’d circulated off-color jokes about the Japan earthquake and former Attorney General Janet Reno, his office said in a curt statement today.

Barbour Press Secretary Dan Turner, a former reporter and Hill staffer who held the job since 2008, included those jokes in his Friday press round up. Similar lines had been a regular feature of his early-morning emails to other Barbour staffers and allies. One late December email included a joke about the Cambodian genocide.

Turner told me this morning that Barbour receives printed versions of the clips, not the email, and took full responsibility for the comments.

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