Marilyn Davenport calls Obama a chimp but says she's not a bigot.
A Republican official caught sending an email in which Barack Obama is depicted as a monkey is saying that she's not a racist, and that the email in question was "a joke." Marilyn Davenport is a member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party, and last week she sent some friends of hers a message with the subject heading "Now you know why no birth certificate." Attached to that email was a picture of Obama as the son of chimpanzees." Asked by a reporter if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, "Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black."
A precursor to Davenport was former Los Alamitos, California, Republican Mayor Dean Grose, who after Obama took office in 2009 sent out an email with a picture of a watermelon patch on the White House lawn.
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