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Shirley Sherrod Helped Keep Us Out of Bankruptcy, Farmer's Wife Says

Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's Georgia State Director of Rural Development, speaking at an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet in Douglas, Ga., on March 27, 2010.

Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture because of recent remarks she made that, taken out of context, suggested she discriminated against a white farmer. That farmer's wife, however, is saying Sherrod is a "friend for life" who saved their family farm from foreclosure.

Sherrod served as director of rural development in Georgia until Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack forced her to resign after she came under scrutiny for remarks she gave at an NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on March 27. A video of a portion of her remarks were posted on a conservative blog, giving the impression that Sherrod admitted to discriminating against a white farmer as an employee of the USDA.

The incident in question, however, took place two decades ago, and the wife of the farmer in question told told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sherrod "kept us out of bankruptcy."

"Her husband told her, 'You're spending more time with the Spooners than you are with me,' " Eloise Spooner, the wife of the farmer, told the AJC. "She took probably two or three trips with us to Albany just to help us out."

Spooner also remarked on CNN this afternoon, Sherrod "helped us save our farm by getting in there and doing all she could do to help us."

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