Email tied to Pa. secretary’s resignation released

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s office is making public an email exchange it says led to the forced resignation of a member of his Cabinet.

The May 3 exchange between former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan and his wife, Patricia Allan, was released Friday. Patricia Allan worked for the Department of Environmental Protection at the time.

The email exchange apparently involved problems Patricia Allan was having with a female co-worker.

Patricia Allan wrote the black co-worker was showing her “true colors.” Richard Allan responded with the word “COLORS” in capital letters followed by exclamation points. The Allans are white.

The employee learned about the email and complained.

Richard Allan hasn’t responded to an email request for comment.

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