Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned Saturday, following weeks of pressure from the right and a flurry of revelations about his past statements.
"I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today," Jones said in a statement dated Sept 5 released around midnight on Sept 6.
"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," he continued. "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."
White House officials had offered tepid support last week Jones after he issued two public apologies in recent days, one for signing a petition that questioned whether Bush administration officials "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."
Earlier, Jones said he was "clearly inappropriate" in using a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech he gave before joining the administration.
Republicans had demanded further action against Jones. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.) on Friday called on the adviser to resign or be fired, saying in a statement, "His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate."
Senator Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) urged Congress to investigate Jones's "fitness" for the position, writing in an open letter, "Can the American people trust a senior White House official that is so cavalier in his association with such radical and repugnant sentiments?" On Saturday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), added his voice as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Van Jones has to go", he wrote on his Twitter account.
Ironically enough, part of the reason Van Jones had to resign was because he stated a fact. That Republicans are assholes and that's why they generally get there way. Well if this doesn't justify that remark I don't know what does. We lose a guy who is one of the preeminent voices for green energy and for what? Because he used a cuss word? Because he might have signed a 9-11 truther statement 5 years ago? You have sitting members of Congress who have questioned President Obama's citizenship and religious background not to speak of assholes, yeah I said assholes, like Senator James Inhofe that have intimated Obama is a terrorist sympathizer. That's not even to bring up the ones who have been screwing around on their wives. But have any of those sorry bastards even considered stepping down?
And yet here again we have Democrats tucking tail and running at the first sign of controversy. If you are wondering why people are starting to lose faith in President Obama here is a prime example. Who would want to work in an administration that doesn't stand behind its people? Hell has anyone even heard whether or not the Senate is EVER going to confirm Dawn Johnsen to head the OLC?!
Now Van Jones suggests that he wasn't pressured to leave. If that is the case then I am extremely dissappointed in him too. Resigning over bullshit like this only serves to embolden the asshole right wingers to keep pulling the same thing over and over again. But even if he wasn't pressured he certainly didn't get any words of support either from the administration.
Now let President Obama walk away from the public option now. If he thought he was taking on water before, lets see him try to stay afloat then.
Im so frikkin done.