While I agree with Chris’s larger point that when the GOP does stupid borderline racist or offensive things it hurts the Party’s standing with African-Americans, I will stick up for Bettye Chambers. She’s a fine person and valuable member of the GOP in this State.
I think the effort by some to have her removed from her position within the 9th District GOP is petty and counter-productive.
Here’s an email apology Bettye sent out at the urging of Hall GOP Chair Paul Stanley:
Dear Members of the 9th District
Yesterday it was brought to my attention that some people were offended by the content of an e-mail which I forwarded to friends on Friday evening, February 22. Paul Stanley of Hall County wrote me that he felt that it might be considered by some as racist. He copied 9th District Chairman Kevin Harris, and Kevin said that he had received some complaints on this. Please be assured that the 25 long-time conservative Republicans who have forwarded this to me are not at all racists. None of us judge a candidate by his/her color or gender, but rather by the content of their character, their platform and their record. We are all so focused upon keeping extreme liberals like Hillary and Obama out of our White House that e-mailers sometimes get carried away, I guess. If this offended anyone, I am truly sorry. Perhaps I am naive, but I did not consider it racist. Please note that this was not sent by me as Communications Director of the 9th District but just as an individual to friends — just as it was forwarded to me by many people. This one has been forwarded by so many people across the country that no one has any idea of its origin.
Please feel free to let me know at any time that you feel that anything that I send out for the district or that is posted on our website is inappropriate. Your suggestions for website content is always appreciated. It would be much better to tell me instead of complaining to Kevin, since he is very busy performing his duties as District Chairman — and doing an excellent job! I did appreciate Paul sending his opinion directly to me.