Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Thursday reportedly fired a member of his cabinet who had used racially biased language in an e-mail to refer to a state employee, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Corbett announced in a statement that he had asked his secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Richard J. Allan, to resign effective immediately, according to the Inquirer. A Corbett spokesman did not confirm the e-mail but told the newspaper that it was a “personnel decision.”
Sources informed the Inquirer that Corbett had been notified about an e-mail Allan sent to his wife, who also works for the state, that was seen by his wife’s assistant. The sources did not give the Inquirer the full context of the e-mail, but did say that Allan “made a wordplay on colored.”
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