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Democrats Express Outrage Over Racist Obama E-Mail


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Democratic legislators are expressing outrage over a racist e-mail about President Barack Obama that was sent by a state employee who works for a Republican lawmaker.

The e-mail from Sherri Goforth, a legislative aide for Sen. Diane Black, was sent last month to other staff for Republican senators.

"I was shocked and I was disappointed," said Black. "It absolutely does not reflect my beliefs or my opinion and I will not tolerate this kind of communication from my office."

The e-mail showed a portrait or photo of each U.S. president except Obama, who is depicted only as wide eyes in a black background.

"It sort of undermines what we're trying to do and gives strength to many of the stereotypes that are perceived about us here in the south," said Rep. John Deberry Jr.

Democratic Rep. Joanne Favors thought the e-mail had done serious damage to Tennessee's image.

"I feel that she really should be terminated," said Favors. "Our governor is in Switzerland now, as I understand and for something like this to be published, that places a blight on the entire state."

In published reports Goforth is quoted as saying she mistakenly sent the e-mail to the wrong group of addresses when she hit the wrong button.

Black's office said on Monday that Goforth had left for the day, but Black said she did not know about the e-mail until a legislative staffer informed her. Goforth still has a job after a warning from Senator Black.

"Both verbally and also through writing with a letter that went into her file, that if these kind of communications occurred again, she would lose her job," said Black.

Senator Black consulted human resources about Goforth's reprimand and did not expect to take any further action. 

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)

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