Joseph Williams, the White House correspondent for Politico who was recently suspended for some questionable tweets and comments he made on television about Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, is leaving the publication.
The following is a memo sent through Politico‘s newsroom just after dawn from Editor-in-Chief John Harris:
“After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided
that the best step for him is to begin a transition to the next phase
of his career. Joe is an experienced and respected journalist, with
keen insights into politics. After nearly 30 years in the business, he
has the authority and is ready to give voice to his insights and
conclusions in a new setting.
“He’ll be on leave of absence during this transition, and he’s got my
gratitude for the contributions he made here, both as reporter and
editor. I have told Joe—and it’s a sentiment others who worked closely
with him here share—that he’ll have my support as he prepares for what
I expect will be a good and prominent next chapter in his career.