A campaign staff member of gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna whose tweet recently came under fire has resigned.
The McKenna campaign on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Kathlyn Ehl, the campaign said in a prepared statement.
Ehl, a policy assistant to McKenna, had been suspended without pay pending an investigation into her Jan. 25 tweet, which said: "shut up and speak english #asians."
The tweet was deleted shortly after The Stranger first broke the story on Monday; however, a cached version of the website affirmed the tweet had, in fact, been sent out.
Ehl also reportedly tweeted: "If it takes you more than an entire green light to walk in front of my car GET A WHEELCHAIR #toooldtowalk," according to The Stranger. KOMO News could not track down the cached version of this tweet, which The Stranger said was sent out in November 2011.
Ehl has not responded to KOMO's request for an interview. In an email message sent to The Seattle Times, Ehl apologized for the tweets. She said the comments were "harmful" and "offensive," according to the Times.
"Life teaches us difficult lessons, and sometimes at a very young age," said Randy Pepple, McKenna's campaign manager, in a written statement. "My hope is that she will find some benefit from having learned this lesson now, as it will undoubtedly be a long-lasting one."