Karen Ocamb

OC Republican Official Apologizes for Racist Email, Won't Resign

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 20, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: Marilyn Davenport, Obama photo, OC, Orange County, Orange County Republican Central Committee, racist e-mail

Orange County Republican official Marilyn Davenport, a Tea Party activist, publicly apologized Monday night for emailing friends a photo depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee with the caption: "Now you know why No birth certificate!" After an immediate uproar, Racist-Obama-email-1-300x226.jpgDavenport first said the email was meant as a joke and blamed the media for blowing the whole thing out of proportion.

Davenport did not show up to the Orange County Republican Central Committee meeting to make her apology in person, nor did she address whether she would resign. She has told the OC Weekly that she will not.

"I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior," the statement said. "I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn't stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive."

KABC News reports that "Davenport also quoted the Bible and said she was 'an imperfect Christian' who tried to 'live a Christ-like honoring life....I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity," she said. "I will not repeat this error."

We'll see. KCBS Channel 2 reported that:

Former Chairman of the California Republican Party Michael Schroder has demanded Davenport's resignation saying it's not her first brush with racist rhetoric.

In February 2009, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose, another Orange County Republican, emailed the White House watermelon image and then apologized. While others demanded he step down, Davenport defended him. When a Newport City Councillman voted against installing grass turf near the beach because it would "attract Mexicans", Schroder claims that she supported him as well.

"That's three strikes," he says.

In an Eyewitness News/SurveyUSA poll, 70% of Southern Californians familiar with the email said they found it offensive, 27% did not.

(Crossposted at LGBT POV)

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In post-WWII America, the government actually sponsored pro-tolerance PSAs and films. Today, our politicians and public employees seem to promote the opposite.

Thought I would share a short video that juxtaposes the two:


california panda | April 20, 2011 5:27 PM

That cat may bed down in a different spot but it still sprays on the trees around it's area.

Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.
The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

Rick Sutton | April 21, 2011 6:45 AM

Yeah, "Ron," we all "remember" that. In a pig's eye.

The OC comments were outrageous. Equally outrageous was the complete lack of rebuke by her fellow GOP leaders.

Thus, this becomes the 2012 California presidential campaign standard: say anything outrageous to fan the base. Apologize later. No harm, no foul.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear it was, uh, Rovian. But that would conjure up images of conspiracies and massive attempts to lie to voters, move their polling places, stupid things like that. And that would never happen in America. Nah.

Yeah, the most you get is the FORMER head of the party. Nary a peep from anyone else, so of COURSE she's not giving up that seat.

I can't remember when or if the GOP ever stood for anything but the rich and big business.

As for Davenport, if she won't resign, then she needs to be fired.