Club president who sent image of Obama quits post

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) -- The president of a California Republican women's club has apologized and resigned for distributing a newsletter with an unsavory caricature of Barack Obama.

It pictured the Democratic candidate's head superimposed on the body of a donkey, sitting on a fake food stamp surrounded by ribs, watermelon and fried chicken.

In a letter sent yesterday to members of the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Diane Fedele said she was sorry for showing "poor judgment and lack of insight and sensitivity."

The newsletter was sent in October to about 200 members and associates of the San Bernardino-based group.

Officials with the state Republican Party have said the GOP club is not directly responsible to the state party. The illustration was condemned by state Republican lawmakers as well as black members of the club and state and national party leaders.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported the cartoon was created by a Minnesota Democrat who claimed it was a satirical attempt to make fun of conservatives who were afraid of Obama's candidacy.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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