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Congresswoman Emerson apologizes for letter with expletive

The letter in question from Congresswoman Emerson (KWMU photo)


Washington – Missouri Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson is apologizing for a letter that ended with an expletive.

Bill Jones, of Centerville, got a letter from Emerson after he contacted her with a question. The letter, dated Feb. 15, 2006, addressed testimony by oil executives before a Senate committee.

It was a typical response letter to a constituent, except that it ended with the line "I think you're an -------."

A spokesman says the responsible person hasn't been identified yet, so no punishment has been handed down. But everyone on Emerson's staff must now lock their computers when they leave and also must take a course on professionalism.

Emerson says she can't explain how the offensive language got into the letter. Her chief of staff made a personal visit to Mr. Jones to apologize. Jones has declined to comment publicly.


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