Marilyn Davenport, an elected member of the Orange County Republican Party central committee, said she doesn't think a photoshopped image she sent of President Barack Obama's superimposed on a chimpanzee's body is racist.
She sent the emailed the picture of Obama and two chimp parents to friends Friday, with the caption, "Now you know why — No birth certificate."
"Oh, come on!" said Davenport said to O.C. 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."
One of the people she sent it to was County Committee Chair Scott Baugh, who, he told the LA Times, immediately emailed Davenport back, telling her that it was "dripping with racism and is in very poor taste."
Baugh said the most the committee could do was to censure Davenport, but he called on her to resign. Davenport says she won't.
"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," she said in an email to fellow party members. "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."
Davenport is also associated with the Tea Party, and this isn't her first political scandal.