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  Senator Hagan's office mum on firing of two African American staffers
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Mar 26, 2009 12:00pm
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News DateThursday, March 26, 2009 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe office of Senator Kay Hagan continues to refuse to explain why two prominent African-American staffers on her payroll were abruptly fired, without stated reason, several weeks ago.

''I'm very sorry, but it is our office policy not to discuss personnel issues, '' Colleen Flanagan, Communications Director for Sen. Hagan's office, told The Wilmington Journal two weeks ago. ''So all of the questions you have, unfortunately I'm unable to comment on them.''

One of those staffers, former NC Corrections Dept. Deputy Secretary Fred Aikens, says he was terminated literally a day after being brought on board, without explanation.

''[Sen. Hagan's] got to tell me something,'' Aikens, a Wilmington native, told the Journal two weeks ago. ''I want to know who said what, when they said it, what they said, and why wasn't I allowed an opportunity to [defend myself].''

The other former staffer, Sen. Hagan's state director Muthoni Wambu, could not be reached for comment.
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