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Originally published Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

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NM gov worker on leave after 'offensive' Web post

A New Mexico state employee has been placed on leave for a website posting the secretary of state says was "deeply offensive" toward two African-American legislators.

Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. —

A New Mexico state employee has been placed on leave for a website posting the secretary of state says was "deeply offensive" toward two African-American legislators.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran made the announcement Thursday after a liberal-leaning political group said the Republican should resign over what it described as racist jokes in a sample campaign form on the election agency's website.

The form listed "Sheryl Powdrell-Culbertson" as a contributor's last name for a group called the "National Organization of the Beer Drinkers and Guzzlers."

The name appears to refer to Democratic Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton and GOP Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert.

The form had "JeffersonDavis" as the contributor's first name, apparently a reference to the Civil War Confederate president.

The employee on leave was a staffer in Duran's office. She said she "will not tolerate any form of racism or bigotry."

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