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  • California Repub refuses to resign from post after sending picture depicting Obama

    Orange County Republican party member Marilyn Davenport is refusing to resign from the party after having sent out a racist email depicting President Obama's head on the body of an ape, according to the Orange County Weekly.


    Davenport, a Tea Party member and elected official of the County Republican party, sent an email to fellow party members in which Mr. Obama's head pasted on the body of a baby ape. The image also depicts two adult apes wearing human clothing - presumably referencing Mr. Obama's parents. "Now you know why no birth certificate," reads the accompanying text.


    Davenport later apologized to recipients of the email in the event that she had offended anyone with the image, and denied the implication that the depiction was racist.


    "I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth," she wrote in an email. "In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email."




    "In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race," she added. "I received plenty of emails about [former president] George Bush that I didn't particularly like yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them."




    When contacted by a reporter about the incident, Davenport brushed off the incident.

    "Oh, come on!" she told the Weekly. "Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people-mostly people I didn't think would be upset by it."


    Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh has reportedly entreated Davenport to resign from her position, as he has determined that the group's bylaws prevent its members from voting her out. He told the Associated Press he hopes to have an ethics committee investigate the incident.



    But Davenport said she had no plans to resign.


    "I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing," she wrote in her follow-up email.

    Baugh told the Weekly he thought Davenport's email was "despicable" and "dripping with racism."




    "When I saw that email today I thought it was despicable," Baugh said in an interview over the weekend. "It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public. I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official."


    Michael Schroeder, former chairman of the California Republican Party, said in an interview that based on this incident, Davenport should either resign from her post or be removed from it.


    "This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport," he said. "She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn't, the Republican Party must remove her."


    This is not the first time the Orange County Republican party has made news for having issued controversial, race-driven statements about the president: in 2009, the Republican mayor of Orange County's Los Alamitos sent around an illustration of a watermelon patch at the White House. The county is also home to Orly Taitz, one of the nation's most vocal members of the "birther" movement.


    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_1...84-503544.html

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    I am so ****ing sick of hearing the battlecry of "RACIST!" everytime anyone gets the least bit offended or upset. IMO, it shows a complete inability to come up with an intelligent retort.
    Is a picture comparing Obama to an ape offensive? To some, I'm sure it is.
    Is it racist? Well...were any of these?
    It's not racist...it's a joke.
    Now, I'm sure some will say "black people...monkies...it's classic racism". To them I'd say "Shove it up your ***." Look at the caption; it's not about race, it's about "Where did he come from, anyway?"

    "Racist" is just a kneejerk, buzzword of a reaction that means "I'm mad, but I'm not smart enough to come up with an effective way to express it."

    *ETA*
    Her own party pushing her to resign is just another example of why I'm fed the **** up with the GOP, and am no longer a registered member. That entire party needs to grow some balls.

    Good on 'er for not resigning, says I.
    Last edited by Murf425; 04-18-2011, 02:45 PM.
    Lt. Col. Grace - "Lt. Murphey, why are you all dressed up to mack on the ladies?"
    Me - "Sir, you just answered your own question."

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    • #3
      I find it interesting that the Dems are going crazy over this and the Repubs are trying to cover thier asses and fire her because of the "outrage"......

      But yet no one said a thing about the pics of W. being portrayed as a monkey over 8 years........

      Love the different standards......though, I would suspect BP, DLO, and the rest of the Dim ilk will have some silly comments about it being ok for the Dims to do it and the Repubs not being able to do it.....

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      • #4
        Definitely no need to resign, but where is common sense these days? You are an elected official... you don't need to be messing around with crap like this. Keep it professional at all times.

        You are only having to defend yourself because you did something stupid. Next time.. make a secret email account and send it to me. I'll post it for you

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jannino View Post
          ...you don't need to be messing around with crap like this. Keep it professional at all times.
          Exactly! I had a buddy in the Air Force who got in trouble several times for the "questionable" material he sent from his .mil email address.
          His new approach: set up a Yahoo account and send whatever the hell he wants to whoever the hell he wants.
          Lt. Col. Grace - "Lt. Murphey, why are you all dressed up to mack on the ladies?"
          Me - "Sir, you just answered your own question."

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          • #6
            Good for her. She shouldn't have to resgin. Not that I approve of what she said, but It's not right for her to get pushed around. Everyone wants to cry foul, but what about those who superimposed a picture of Bush and Hitler together?

            Turnabout is fair play, biznitches.
            I yell "PIKACHU" before I tase someone.

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            • #7
              There were lots of images like this floating around not long ago...

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              • #8
                Type Obama monkey in Google and you get tons of pictures depicting the same things as Bush. So, big deal. Anyone who is offended just needs to get off their high horse.

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                • #9
                  And it was NOT racism when left leaning cartoonists portrayed Condi Rice as a monkey ?
                  Just pay your dues, and be quiet :-)

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