Friday, April 14, 2006

With the Breast of Intentions

[[O O P S]] * Here’s an odd story out of eastern Pennsylvania. Seems that Fred Gold, the Republican Party supervisor in the town of Warminster, recently sent around an e-mail note containing the photo of a topless woman. It was allegedly promoting “Breast Appreciation Day” on January 15. The message accompanying that image read, “Beats ... Martin Luther King Day, doesn’t it?” Not surprisingly, many folks weren’t amused--including the local GOP chairman, Jim Messina, who derided the e-note as offensive to both women and African Americans. “It embarrassed the party,” Messina is quoted as saying. “It embarrassed me.” And what about Gold, who’d sent the communication via a personal account? Well, he apologized for any offense he may have caused, but dismissed demands for him to step down over the incident. “I certainly don’t think I did anything immoral or unethical,” he said. “To resign because of this, I don’t think so.”

Just another nail in the coffin of the GOP’s “family values” rep.

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