Van Jones Resigns
President Obamas Green Jobs Adviser Van Jones resigned late Saturday night amid controversy over remarks he made about Republicans and a petition he signed
suggesting a government role in the 9/11 attacks.
Below is the text of his resignation letter, sent to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley:
"I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.
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.
It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.
Appointed by President Obama in March 2009, the newly created position found Jones working with various "agencies and departments to advance the administration's climate and energy initiatives, with a special focus on improving vulnerable communities."
Jones is also an attorney and author of the best-selling book about green jobs The Green Collar Economy.
What do you think, did Jones have to go or was he brought down by what he calls opponents of reform?