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VOL. 124 | NO. 117 | Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Senate Speaker Says Reprimand Appropriate for Aide

LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Associated Press Writer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says a "strong letter of reprimand" was the proper action to take against an employee of a Republican lawmaker who used a state computer to send a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama.

Sherri Goforth, a legislative aide for Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman Diane Black, sent the e-mail last month to other staff for Republican senators. It shows a portrait or photo of each U.S. president except Obama, who is depicted with wide eyes in a black background.

Black acknowledged that Goforth's action was a policy violation and that a letter of reprimand was placed in the woman's file. However, Democratic legislators have said Goforth should be fired.

Ramsey told reporters on Tuesday that the "proper action was to put a strong letter of reprimand in the personnel file."

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