This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Orange County Republican Party central committee member and Tea Party activist Marilyn Davenport sent out a “joke e-mail” to other local GOPers with the above image attached under the words “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
Not surprisingly, some recipients found it to be in poor taste. “It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public,” OC Republican Party chairman Scott Baughtold OC Weekly. “I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official.”
Meanwhile, Davenport doesn’t get why this is a big deal. “Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black,” she said in a phone interview. In a follow-up e-mail ostensibly apologizing to fellow OC Republicans for the previous correspondence Davenport reiterated her naivete. “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote, adding that she has no intention of resigning her position over something “the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing.”
Longtime conservative Orange Country Republican activist Tim Whitacre came to Davenport’s defense, saying “Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words.” Can’t argue with that.