July 21st, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Former USDA official: Department's reconsideration is 'bittersweet'

CNN Wire Staff

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A black former Agriculture Department official who resigned under pressure after a video clip surfaced of her discussing a white farmer said Wednesday the agency's decision to review her case is "bittersweet," but said she isn't sure she would accept her job back if it is offered.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said early Wednesday that he will review the case of Shirley Sherrod, who resigned Monday after the video clip first appeared on a conservative website and later on Fox News.

In the video, Sherrod, the former USDA director of rural development for Georgia, seems to tell an audience at an NAACP function in March that she did not do her utmost to help a white farmer avoid foreclosure.

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  1. Michael NYC

    this administration makes so many mistake they need to cover last one with another

    July 21, 2010 at 9:57 am |

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