A Texas county’s Democratic Party rejected the resignation of its chairman Tuesday, days after he described Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an “oreo.”
Lamar County Democratic Party chairman Gary O’Connor, who is white, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was “deeply and sincerely sorry” for using the “racist term” against Scott, one of three black senators and the only black Republican.
“It was insensitive and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” O’Connor’s statement read.
However, the Lamar County Democratic Party issued its own statement late Tuesday.
“Our local Democrats have taken the last few days to reflect upon this incident,” the organization said, according to MyParisTexas.com.
“After much discussion — especially among our local [b]lack Democrats — we chose not to accept Mr. O’Connor’s resignation.”
The party added that O’Connor “has written a public letter of apology to Sen. Tim Scott, and Lamar County Democrats join him in this apology.”
The message to Scott from O’Connor was posted on Lamar County Democrats’ Facebook page and read: “To Sen. Tim Scott, the residents of Lamar County, especially our [b]lack residents, and to my family and friends, I profoundly apologize for the racially insensitive remark I made towards Sen. Scott last week. I was wrong and I apologize.”
The party’s statement concluded that O’Connor’s “life of service, collaboration, and activism for racial justice is well known throughout this community. His recent remark is incompatible with his core values.
“Lamar County Democrats recommit ourselves to conduct our private conversations and our public social media discussions with anti-racist, pro-reconciling attitudes and language. We strongly condemn bigotry of any kind and will continue our historic efforts to work for justice and equality for all our fellow citizens.”
O’Connor used the slur, commonly used to describe a black person perceived to be acting like a typical white person, on his personal Facebook page after Scott delivered the formal Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress last week.
O’Connor did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Post.
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