OC Republican activists apologizes for offensive Obama email, won’t resign from GOP committee

Orange County Republican Marilyn Davenport with her husband, Dick, and Orange County GOP activist Tim Whitacre (left), at a news conference in front of the Davenports' Fullerton home on April 20, 2011.
Orange County Republican Marilyn Davenport with her husband, Dick, and Orange County GOP activist Tim Whitacre (left), at a news conference in front of the Davenports' Fullerton home on April 20, 2011. Brian Watt/KPCC

She said she’s sorry — but she’s staying put. Orange County Republican activist Marilyn Davenport apologized on Wednesday for forwarding an email that featured President Obama’s face superimposed on that of a chimpanzee with the caption: “Now you know why — No birth certificate!”

At a news conference in front of her Fullerton home, Davenport conceded that her action was “unwise.”

“I assume I offended the black people,” she said. “And, uh, having friends that are black, I never intended that. Not at all.”

Davenport said she considered the email “political satire.” She’s refused to resign her seat on the Orange County Republican Central Committee.

“I am getting comments from my constituents asking me ‘please do not. Do not resign.’ And out of respect for my constituents, I will continue to remain in office,” Davenport said.

Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh has called on Davenport to resign.

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