Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Phony FEMA presser claims second career

A second FEMA official has resigned in the wake of last month's staged press conference, in which FEMA staff posed as reporters.

Aaron Walker, press secretary for FEMA, submitted his resignation to the administration's chief David Paulison Wednesday afternoon, according to a FEMA official. The official would not say whether Walker was asked to resign or did so voluntarily. His resignation becomes effective in early December.

The official said Walker and John "Pat" Philbin, who was FEMA's director of external affairs, bore the "greatest degree of responsibility for the planning and execution" of the news conference.

"They had the greatest ability to stop that train from going down the track, and they didn't," said the official.