Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Republican party central committee member and Tea Party activist, is under fire for allegedly circulating an e-mail picture that depicts President Obama as a member of a family of apes.
The photo is captioned "Now you know why no birth certificate." Davenport told the OC Weekly it was "just an Internet joke" and sent another e-mail calling whoever leaked the first e-mail to the media a "coward."
Schott Baugh, the Orange County Republican chairman, called for an ethic investigation into the incident, saying the photo is "highly inappropriate" and "drips with racism." He said Davenport should resign from the committee.