Monday, June 15, 2009

Tennessee GOP Staffer Emails Racist Image of Obama

Once again, the Republicans Neanderthals have embarrassed the entire state of Tennessee. Sherri Goforth, a legislative staffer for Tennessee GOP state Senator Diane Black (R-Gallatin), sent out a racist (and embarrassingly testosterone laden - does this country have a male fetish, or what?) image of all the presidents.

Apparently, she emailed it to half the planet! Wonkette has it. As does Think Progress and Gawker.

When Nashville Is Talking asked Goforth about the email, Goforth explained that she sent the racist image to the wrong list!

When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.

“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Goforth told NIT. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”

On a related note, that South Carolina Republican has apologized for his "joke" about Michelle Obama being related to a gorilla. Gawd.

Update: Apparently Tennessee blogger Newscoma broke this story.

Update 2: Sen. Black ( says she will not fire her racist executive assistant, Sherri Goforth.
Update 3: Senator Black was on CNN today, denying that she is a racist. CNN has the story: Racist e-mail aimed at Obama raises hackles in Tennessee -- According to The Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, a note on the e-mail said it was paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party, but GOP officials denied that they produced it. Black chairs the Senate Republican Caucus.