Gov. Barbour news secretary resigns after e-mailed jokes about Japan, Janet Reno become public

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s press secretary has resigned after “dark humor” remarks he made about Japan and Janet Reno in a daily e-mailed news digest became public.

Barbour is a likely candidate to run for the Republican nomination for president.

Dan Turner says he made poor decisions and does not want to reflect poorly on the governor.

The comments were parenthetical remarks about events from a website listing daily historic events.

About Otis Redding’s posthumous gold record for “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” Taylor wrote “(Not a big hit in Japan right now.”)