Yay or Nay: Sherrod Back to the USDA?

By Brian Braiker

Jul 22, 2010 12:01am

Earlier today White House Secretary Robert Gibbs apologized to Shirley Sherrod on behalf of the Obama Administration.  

In a press conference a few hours later U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, told reporters that he took full responsibility for the circumstances causing the former USDA official to resign from her position, after an out-of-context video — that seemed to show her making a racist comment — was posted to Andrew Breitbart’s conservative blog.  

Secretary Vilsack said that he regretted his behavior and that he had offered Sherrod “his personal and profound apologies for the pain and discomfort that has been caused for her and to her family over the course of the last several days.”  

Secretary Vislack also said that during his conversation with Sherrod today he discussed a “unique opportunity at the USDA that might be of interest to her,” referencing her “unique set of skills that I think would assist and help USDA in trying to turn the page in our civil rights chapter, which has been difficult.”   He did not provide any specific details of the position and said that Sherrod asked for the opportunity to think the offer over.

So tonight we ask, should Shirley Sherrod accept the offer to rejoin the USDA in a new position or should she move on to potentially greener pastures?

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