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Donors: Pull Your Money from Orange County GOP Until Davenport Resigns

Marilyn Davenport has a lot of nerve--both figuratively and literally. Not only did Davenport, an official of California’s Orange County Republican Party, resist apologizing for mass emailing a photo April 15 of President Obama as a chimp, she’s also refused to resign over the controversy, despite calls from the public and fellow GOP reps to step down. On May 4, when the executive committee of the Orange County GOP voted 12-2 to issue an ethics censure to Davenport for her conduct involving the email, Davenport still declined to resign even though O.C. GOP chairman Scott Baugh publicly reiterated his wish for her to do so. The ethics censure is the strongest measure that could be taken against Davenport because she’s an elected official and the group’s bylaws forbid such an ouster. That means the only way that Davenport will leave the group is on her own accord.

Given this, we are asking the major donors of the Orange County Republican Party not to give the group one more dime until Davenport steps down. That’s because Davenport doesn’t seem to understand the seriousness of her actions, let alone the hurt the email caused and the history of racial bigotry it recalled. Davenport initially downplayed the image of Obama’s face superimposed on a baby chimp’s body with two chimp parents as a joke. The image contained the caption: “Now you know why – No birth certificate.” Her insensitivity is one reason the OC GOP wants her to step down, but the executive committee also cited the fact that after Davenport apologized for sending the email at an April 20 press conference, she continued to deny that the image was racist and questioned whether President Obama was born in the U.S.

It’s widely known that white supremacists have long portrayed African Americans as ape-like to undermine their humanity. Davenport’s denial of this, along with her “birther” claims, signals that she lacks the sensitivity necessary to serve an increasingly diverse constituency. Force her out of the Orange County GOP by asking the party’s donors to suspend all funding until she leaves!

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Assemblywoman, Orange County
    Diane Harkey
  • Vice President, Disney
    Marsha Reed
  • Public Relations, General Electric
    Russell Wilkerson
  • Investor Relations, Southern California Edison
    Scott Cunningham
  • President, Disney
    David K. Thompson
  • President, Disney
    Andy Bird
  • Corporate Communications, Allergan
    Caroline Van Hove
  • President, Allergan
    David Pyott
  • CEO, Disney
    Robert A. Iger
  • Investor Relations, General Electric
    Investor Relations
  • Assemblyman, Orange County
    Jim Silva
  • Supervisor, Orange County
    Bill Campbell
  • Ethics, Edison International
    Ethics Divison
  • Supervisor, Orange County
    John Moorlach


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