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Barbour Aide Resigns After Tsunami Quip

Press secretary Dan Turner yucked it up in email
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2011 3:39 AM CDT
Barbour Aide Resigns After Tsunami Quip
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has already named a replacement for his press secretary.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – A top aide to wanna-be presidential candidate Haley Barbour has resigned after joking in an email about the Japanese tsunami tragedy. The Mississippi governor's press secretary, Dan Turner, abruptly quit following press reports of the quip. In the message, Turner referred to Otis Redding's song Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, then noted: "Not a big hit in Japan right now." He also took a shot at former US Attorney General Janet Reno, saying it "took longer to confirm her gender" than her position. Barbour had no comment other than to accept Turner's resignation, reports Reuters. (Read more Haley Barbour stories.)

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