Do you ever get the feeling that Tea Party Republicans see the phrase “Ignorance Is Bliss” as a Mission Statement?


Suspension without pay is not enough!

This is another example of  the constant division this Country has had to endure since Barack Obama came onto the scene!  These people need to suffer the consequences of their actions. (Firing would be the appropriate action to take)  You don't accidentally forward something and these excuses for racism and hate are getting old and should not be tolerated or accepted by anyone!
  I am sick to death of the right screaming every time something is said that this is NOT about racism when in fact, it is ALL about the color of our Presidents skin and it is ALL about a Country still engulfed with racism!-Mem

La. Senate Staffer Suspended Over Obama E-Mail

Date: Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 5:08 am
By: Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State Senate employee was suspended without pay Tuesday after sending an e-mail to hundreds of government workers apparently trying to show President Barack Obama as white and suggesting that opposition to him doesn't equate to racism.

Several African-American lawmakers replied to the e-mail, complaining that it was offensive.

The message, sent by Senate researcher Tammy Crain-Waldrop and obtained by The Associated Press, includes a doctored photo of Obama with light skin, blue eyes and a different hairstyle and says, "Do you like him any better now? No? Me neither ... Then you're not a racist."

After she sent the e-mail, Crain-Waldrop sent another message apologizing and saying she sent it to the state Capitol e-mail post office box by mistake.

Senate spokeswoman Brenda Hodge said Crain-Waldrop was suspended without pay pending an investigation. Crain-Waldrop could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

It's unclear how many employees in state offices received the e-mail beyond legislators, their staffs and others who work directly in the Capitol. Several people, including three black legislators, replied to the message to complain about it. Copies of the e-mails were also provided to the AP.

"This is not funny at all, and I think it should not have been sent over a public e-mail system," wrote Sen. Ed Murray (D-New Orleans) in an e-mailed response to the state Capitol post office box.

"This is NO where near funny!!! This is very offensive," said Rep. Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge) in another e-mail.

The head of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. Patricia Smith, said the caucus didn't ask for any specific action against Crain-Waldrop, but would wait to see what type of reprimand she receives for the e-mail.

"It's a personnel matter as of right now," said Smith (D-Baton Rouge). "Those of us who responded were not very pleased and were very disappointed that it was sent at all. It's not taken lightly, I can tell you that."

A spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said he didn't know of any members of the governor's staff receiving the e-mail Tuesday. But spokesman Kyle Plotkin said in a statement: "There's no room for this type of discourse when we face serious challenges as a state and country. We can disagree without being disagreeable."

The Louisiana Senate fired its secretary, Mike Baer, in 2004 after he sent a series of sexual jokes to the state Capitol e-mail post office box. At the time, Baer said he meant to delete the jokes but hit the wrong button on his computer and accidentally forwarded them. An investigation disputed Baer's explanation.


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