Republican newsletter showing Obama with watermelon and ribs sparks outrage

October 17th, 2008 - 4:59 pm ICT by ANI  

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Riverside (California, US), Oct.17 (ANI): A San Bernardino County Republican groups distribution of a newsletter picturing Barack Obama on a phony 10 dollar bill adorned with a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken has been roundly condemned by bothDemocrats and Republicans.
Various GOP officials denounced the illustration after it appeared in the October newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women.
A defensive Diane Fedele, the president of the group, said the move had no racist intent.
“I never connected. It was just food to me. It didn”t mean anything else,” CBS quoted her as saying to a local newspaper.
The Obama campaign declined to comment, saying it does not address such attacks.
The Riverside County newsletter was sent to about 200 club members and associates last week by mail and e-mail.
Fedele said she had received the illustration in e-mails and decided to reprint it to poke fun at a previous remark by Obama that he doesn”t look like other presidents.
“It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don”t want to go into it any further,” Fedele told the newspaper.
“I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn”t my attempt.”
Fedele said she also planned to send an apology letter to her members and apologize at the club’’s meeting next week.
Sheila Raines of San Bernardino, a black member of the club, said: “This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party. I”m really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes.”
California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring denounced both incidents in a statement Thursday, saying there was no excuse for such bad judgment.
“This material I”ve seen inspires nothing but divisiveness and hostility and has absolutely no place in this election, or any public discourse,” Nehring said. (ANI)

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