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Government Offers Ousted USDA Official a New Job

MSNBC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he has apologized to an employee he ousted over remarks about race and offered her a "unique" new position at the agency.

"She's been put through hell and I could have done, and should have done, a better job," Vilsack said of Shirley Sherrod.

Vilsack told reporters that Sherrod accepted his apology. He said, "She was extraordinarily gracious."

Sherrod said she is considering Vilsack's offer of a new job working on civil rights. "They did make an offer," she told The Associated Press. "I just told him I need to think about it."

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