DOJ Staffer: Mississippi is Disgusting and Shameful
DOJ Voting Section employee Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi, whose job it is to review state voting laws to make sure they're in compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, recently made a Facebook post in which she smeared residents of the Magnolia State as being "disgusting and shameful." Via PJ Media, Gyamfi's full posting reads:
“Disgusting and shameful. Hey, that should replace the state motto: ‘Mississippi: Disgusting and Shameful’. . . forget the Magnolia State motto.”
The posting occurred shortly after Mississippi passed a photo voter identification law.
Citing her comments as "unprofessional, unwarranted, irresponsible and misguided," Mississippi's Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann called upon the DOJ to remove Gyamfi from her post. "This employee not only should not review Mississippi's application for voter ID, she shouldn't review anyone's application for voter ID," Hosemann said.
And via The Daily Caller, the DOJ's response to Mississippi:
The Department of Justice is using official resources to publicly defend a career employee in the Civil Rights Division Voting Section who made inflammatory comments about Mississippi voters.
In response to the wave of criticism of Gyamfi’s rhetoric, DOJ’s Christopher Herren said her comments were “personal” in nature He claimed her comments were unrelated to Mississippi’s recent passage of a voter ID law. They were in response, he said, to University of Southern Mississippi students who allegedly chanted “Where’s your green card?” to distract a Puerto Rican basketball player in March.
“[T]he post bore no relationship to voting legislation in Mississippi or the Department of Justice’s Review of such legislation,” Herren wrote in a letter to Hosemann. ”The post does not represent the views of the Department regarding Mississippi.”
Still, the DOJ is spending public resources to insulate Gyamfi from the impact of her “personal” remarks, as department officials continue to offer a public defense.
Don't you love how the Department of Justice defends the staffer's bigoted remarks as "personal" and completely unrepresentative of the Justice Department as a whole, but then goes on to expend taxpayer dollars to protect the employee from consequence?
Disgusting and shameful indeed.