Marilyn Davenport, a Tea Party activitist and member of the Orange County Republican Party’s central committee, is not stepping down and apologizes to anyone she may have offended when she sent an email to fellow conservatives earlier this week. Under the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” was this picture:
When the email leaked, she reacted by saying:
“Oh, come on! 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.”
Wow. I’m pretty sure that’s not the best response. That’s like saying that since I’m a woman I can make sexist jokes. Really? Are you kidding? And if the people you know wouldn’t be upset by it, one can only surmise that the people you know must share your same views. That’s comforting.
Luckily, there are some members of the GOP who have more than one brain cell working at one time. One high ranking Republican stated:
I won’t answer that. You can decide that for yourselves.
However, as of Saturday, Davenport has no plans on stepping down. She sent out another email (which to me sounds kind of dumb. You’d think she’d stay away from email and just use the phone from now on.):
“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. 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. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”
What’s her number? I say we all give her a little call on the telephone.