Marilyn Davenport, who is also a member of the Orange County Republican Party, has resisted calls for her resignation, claiming she was not a racist and had only been joking.
The email sent by Mrs Davenport contained a picture of the US president superimposed over a baby chimpanzee with two adults of the species, with reference to the conspiracy theory that Mr Obama is ineligible as president because he was born outside the United States.
Scott Baugh, chairman of the county party, called on Mrs Davenport to resign from its central committee after receiving the email, saying that it was “dripping with racism and is in very poor taste”.
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You might recall the uproar over the poster of Obama as the joker. No one complained, of course, about the Bush poster with the same imagery. At least, not the Democrats who created it. There was, also, no objection to the picture of the rodent running in front of the naked Kenyan mole rat during an event at the White House some months ago.