The chairman of the Lamar County Democrats in Texas used a racial slur against Republican Senator Tim Scott last week, prompting calls for his resignation.
Surprisingly, he resigned from his position and even apologized.
FOX News reported:
Texas Democratic official resigns after calling Tim Scott an ‘oreo’
The Texas Democratic official who called Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., an “oreo” on Twitter last week has resigned from his position following a backlash.
Lamar County Democratic Party chair Gary O’Connor announced his resignation Tuesday in a statement, days after sparking a firestorm online by calling Scott an “oreo” in a since-deleted Facebook post.
O’Connor apologized for targeting Scott with the racial slur, which refers to a Black person who is perceived as acting White.
“I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page,” O’Connor said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use.”
“As a result, I feel compelled to offer my resignation as chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party for consideration by the County Executive Committee,” he added.
In a stunning turn of events, Democrats rejected his resignation.
The New York Post reported:
Texas county Dems reject resignation of pol who called Sen. Tim Scott ‘oreo’
A Texas county’s Democratic Party rejected the resignation of its chairman Tuesday, days after he described Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an “oreo.”
Lamar County Democratic Party chairman Gary O’Connor, who is white, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was “deeply and sincerely sorry” for using the “racist term” against Scott, one of three black senators and the only black Republican.
“It was insensitive and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” O’Connor’s statement read.
However, the Lamar County Democratic Party issued its own statement late Tuesday.
“Our local Democrats have taken the last few days to reflect upon this incident,” the organization said, according to MyParisTexas.com.
“After much discussion — especially among our local [b]lack Democrats — we chose not to accept Mr. O’Connor’s resignation.”
What do you think Democrats would do if the roles were reversed?
The answer should be obvious.
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Author: Mike LaChance
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