I can’t really purport to be an expert on Orange County politics, but the scandal that is going on now is really quite funny. Well, funny as long as you don’t dig too deep into the racism of a member of the OC GOP central committee sending out an email to a big group of friends and acquaintances with a picture of President Obama’s on a chimpanzee body.
But the backlash, well, that’s where you see the long-standing feuds and how much these people are really out for themselves alone. Sure they tolerate each other, but as soon as they get the chance, it’s every man for themselves.
Deborah Pauly, the first vice chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, said the controversial email sent by another elected member of the county GOP’s governing Central Committee was a matter that should have not been handled in the public eye.
County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh publicly called on the sender, Marilyn Davenport, to resign and Monday ordered the committee to launch an ethics review. The accompanying negative publicity could have been avoided, Pauly said.
“It should have been handled internally,” Pauly said. “What Scott should have done is pick up the phone and talked to Marilyn.”
Pauly said the image was “indefensible,” but said Davenport “wasn’t doing anything she thought was hurtful.” (OC Register)
Right, calling our first president of mixed race a chimp couldn’t possibly be hurtful. It would take a master of human cognition for that, right? You know, to see into people’s emotions and stuff.
But, seriously, the more interesting part in this is the reaction of county chairman Scott Baugh (seen with the patron saint to the right), who has apparently never really liked Ms. Davenport and decided that this would be a good chance to get rid of her. He has called the email “unquestionably racist” and called on her to resign. Not that Baugh is really the best judge of these sorts of things, but he did seem to get this one right, whatever his motivations might be.
But for the OC GOP, motivations matter. I can’t really help at this point to see it as nothing but some sort of proxy fight between Baugh and his detractors (of which he has many.) Grab the popcorn, I suppose.