July 20th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Sherrod: White House worried about Glenn Beck

(CNN) - Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA employee who resigned after a controversial video surfaced, told CNN Tuesday that members of the Obama administration "harassed" her and demanded she resign her post immediately.

In an interview with CNN, Sherrod said she repeatedly fielded calls on Monday during a long car ride, during which officials insisted that she pull over to the side of the road and quit her post.

"They asked me to resign, and, in fact, they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia yesterday," Sherrod told CNN. "I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign…and the last one asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it."

Update, 4:36 p.m.: A White House official tells CNN's Suzanne Malveaux the White House was not involved in pressuring for a resignation: "The White House did not pressure her or USDA over the resignation. It was the Secretary’s decision, as he has said.”

Sherrod said the final call came from Cheryl Cook, an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture. Sherrod said White House officials wanted her to quit immediately because the controversy was "going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."

Related: Ex-worker: USDA 'wasn't interested in hearing the truth'

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  1. Joan

    It seems they may have acted prematurely asking for her resignation before checking out the whole story. Or, on the other hand, there may be other things connected to the story that are not known. Either way, it seems to be getting overblown coverage. She unwisely gave a rather worriesome account of the situation which did sound racist. She can't discount that. It does seem odd that she would go on national TV saying that the government harassed her, etc. unless she wanted the spotlight and has her agenda too.

    July 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Refudiate

    What she doesn't get is the USDA ain't the forum, right or wrong.

    July 20, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Rick

    Shirley Sherrod declined to be on FOX NEWS after first accepting to be interviewed. She knows that she's being used for they are playing us all. They have alot at stake in this game they play. WOW ! I'm hoping Ms. Sherrod is totally vindicated and stays away from those trouble makers.

    July 20, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Sense of fairness

    We are allowing the racial aspect of this situation to mask the real problem. The real problem is that liberals, conservatives and the media (mainstream and new age) are playing a game of "Gotcha". We, the people, then react based purely on the snippet of information that is presented to us without getting the full set of facts.

    Doesn't anyone find it interesting that no one can find a video of the full speech or that the full speech is not readily available? Whoever took the snippet of the speech also had a copy of the full speech. You also have a white farmer who is supportive of Ms. Sherrod because of she helped to save her farm. Based on the limited facts currenlty avialbale, this smells like a hachet job.

    If she was forced to resign without anyone reviewing the full context of speech, than shame on us. If she was forced to resign and the full context of the speech clearly demonstrates discriminatory behavior, then the right action was taken.

    I am going to give her the benefit of doubt until more facts are known.

    July 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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