Los Alamitos mayor to resign over [right-wing forward] controversy

Ha! Thanks Dave for sending us this breaking news:

Los Alamitos mayor to resign over controversy

7:34 AM | February 27, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

UPDATED 12:43 p.m.

The mayor of Los Alamitos said he will resign after coming under fire for an e-mail depicting the White House lawn as a watermelon patch, saying the controversy over racism has made it difficult to lead the city.

Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday's City Council meeting.

The announcement came less than a week after he sent the e-mail, which had a picture of the White House lawn planted with watermelons and the title "No Easter egg hunt this year."

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Here's a variant of the forward in question.


Anonymous said...

This story has gained a lot of media attention. What is typical is that mayor - as well as many of those who posted on various blogs - gave the immediate "defense" that he simply had NO IDEA that talking about watermelons on the White House lawn at Easter had any sort of racist overtones whatsoever.

That begs the question: WHY did you send it out as "joke"?

srsly... ugh

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