Arizona

Apr 4, 2013 9:42 PM by Lupita Murillo

Former State Legislator is fired from job before she started it

TUCSON - Governor Jan Brewer has fired a woman before she could even start her new job.

She's former Arizona State Representative, Terri Proud.

Proud claims, the Governor over-reacted to comments she made in a newspaper interview earlier this week.

The man who hired her (Ret.) Col. Joey Strickland resigned and now wants to rescind his resignation.

Terri Proud was scheduled to start work at the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services in May.

Matt Benson, the Governor's spokesman says, "Director Strickland had been told in no uncertain terms not to hire this individual. And whatever reason he chose to ignore that direct order."

The governor's spokesman wouldn't say what those concerns were. However he said, "Some of those concerns have been validated by some of the poor comments miss proud has made in the media about women who serve in the military."

Proud was quoted in a Tucson newspaper earlier this week as saying "Women have certain thing during the month I'm not sure they should be out there dealing with. I don't know how to address that topic in a very diplomatic manner."

"She was ignorant totally ignorant of what women do in the military what they face," says Retired Lt. Colonel Maureen Gagliardi, who retired from the Army after 25 years. "I commanded a battalion of which 25% of were women."

Terry Proud was hired to coordinate a females Veterans' Conference and to be an administrative assistant . The job paid $40,000.

"I'm glad she didn't get the job, I don't want her representing our soldiers our airman and our marines." Says Col. Gagliardi.

Terri Proud sent a statement saying her interview was taken out of context. She also says when she was in the State Legislature it was her bill that found support for homeless women vets. She also says the reporter Bethany Barnes misrepresented herself as a reporter from the Arizona Daily Star.

The interview was done by a graduate student from the University of Arizona's Journalism Department. Barnes works for the Arizona-sonora News Service. Her professor , Terry Wimmer says the department stands by her story .

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