Van Jones Resigns; Who Will They Go After Next?
The right wing got its man. Green czar Van Jones has resigned from the Obama administration.
“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”
He continued: “I have been inundated with calls — from across the political spectrum — urging me to ‘stay and fight.’ But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.”
Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana and Senators Kit Bond of Missouri and John Cornyn of Texas had called for Jones’s head, and right-wing talk show hosts have been bellowing about his past controversial statements and associations. Now they will chest-beat, flush with pride at their “accomplishment.” And choose another target.Click here for reuse options!
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