Former lawmaker fired for menstrual cycle comments about women in combat
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TUCSON (KGUN9/AP) - The director of Arizona's Veterans' Services Department has been forced out of his job after he hired a former state representative and she then slammed women troops serving in combat.
A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that Joey Strickland submitted his resignation effective immediately. He had hired former state Rep. Terri Proud after Brewer explicitly told him not to.
Proud was fired after she said menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat. She made the remarks in an interview with the University of Arizona's Arizona-Sonora News Service.
Brewer's spokesman Matt Benson says Proud's comments are indicative of why Brewer told Strickland not to hire her.
Wednesday night, Proud spoke with 9OYS. She says she never said those comments at all.
"Absolutely not, I think that's asinine and it's not a comment that was even stated," said Proud.
Proud learned she was fired via email today. The job offer was initially made March 20th. It was rescinded today, just a few weeks before she was set to start her duties.
"This destroyed two lives," Proud said. "It damaged two people's lives for not accurately reporting what was said."
9OYS reached out to the Arizona-Sonora News Service to get their reaction to Proud's interview. They say they stand by their story.
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