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Jul 29, 2010 11:38 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Ousted USDA employee to sue blogger

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week.

Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention.

The edited video posted by Andrew Breitbart led Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask her to resign, a decision he reconsidered after seeing the entire video of her March speech to a local NAACP group.

In the full speech, Sherrod spoke of racial reconciliation and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home. Vilsack and President Barack Obama later called Sherrod to apologize for her hasty ouster.

Vilsack has offered her a new job at the department, which she is still considering.

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