Marilyn Davenport Ally: It's GOP Boss Scott Baugh Who Should Be Reprimanded

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The chief defender of Marilyn Davenport, the Orange County Republican Party official tied to a racist email depicting President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees, is urging the party's executive committee members to focus its attention not on Davenport but instead party chairman Scott Baugh for violating the group's bylaws.

"Marilyn has disciplined herself," wrote Tim Whitacre, a Davenport ally and member of the Republican Central Committee Orange County. "It is crystal clear [she] has not violated any part of our [bylaws] . . . There are no grounds for any disciplinary action against [her] in this matter."

Baugh and Michael J. Schroeder, former chairman of the California Republican Party, say that while the party may not be able to fire Davenport from her elected seat on the central committee, they want her to resign or face a public censure or reprimand. It's their position that the racist email harmed the party's image and setback voter recruitment efforts before an important presidential election.

But Davenport has refused to resign and the party's ethics committee, headed by Kermit Marsh, is expected to consider the matter in coming days.

According to Whitacre, the party does not have the right to discipline Davenport because she did not "intentionally cause embarrassment" to the local GOP, a necessarily precursor for hostile action.

Throughout the affair, Davenport has maintained that she emailed the Obama-as-chimp email because she thought it was hilarious "political satire"--not, according to her, as a racist statement--in the wake of New York City billionaire Donald Trump's questioning whether the president's birthplace was Africa. 

Whitacre claims that Baugh is the one who intentionally harmed his own party. There is a belief in some party circles that Baugh and Schroeder worked together to smear Davenport. Baugh has claimed that he did not share the email with Schroeder, who has admitted that he leaked the image because he was disgusted by the overt racism.

That leak has increasingly become a point of contention on the central committee.

"Thanks to the actions of Mr. Baugh, this matter, which should have remained private and been handled with one phone call--has been thrust into the public limelight," Whitacre wrote. "I want to especially remind the new members of the executive committee this is not the first time Mr. Baugh has tried to use his position to play fast and lose with our bylaw to advance his own agenda or that of a privileged few individuals."

To underscore his position that Baugh should be disciplined, Whitacre added:

"[Baugh's] past actions have brought great embarrassment to our party's reputation that we still have not recovered from . . . I strongly encourage you to do the right thing on behalf of our party in the eyes of God."

In his own letter to the party's executive committee, Baugh said that it "is an absolute lie" that he leaked the email to the Weekly and reiterated that he had "no motivation" to bring the story my attention.

(For the record: I confronted Baugh only after Davenport told me that the party boss had already expressed to her his displeasure with the controversial Obama image. After I told him I was writing an article and expected a comment, Baugh then answered my questions. During my first interview with her, Davenport asked me if I agreed with Baugh that it was racist. I told her I did. She responded to my answer with a mixture of exasperation and annoyance.)

"I find it interesting that you care more about how Moxley got [the email] than the content of the email," Baugh says he told Davenport as the scandal grew. "[The email] was despicable and contrary to outreach that we are trying to do at the OCGOP."

Baugh told his executive committee that he had "no choice" but to answer my initial questions to ensure that it was clear that the email was not endorsed by the Republican Party. 

And he's labeled Davenport's responses to the controversy as "conditional, diversionary, accusatory, minimizing and self-righteous."

"Marilyn continues to bring embarrassment to this party by trying to blame others for leaking her publicly distributed email," wrote Baugh. "Contrary to the image in the media that Marilyn is a helpless grandma who does not comprehend the use and scope of the Internet, [she] is a prolific user of the Internet."

Whitacre and Davenport are scheduled to appear on KABC-790 AM's Larry Elder at 9:30 a.m. today.

Read my new "Moxley Confidential" column on the incident HERE.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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26 comments
Sdchins
Sdchins

Have no respect for people who have so much to comment about other persons..look at yourself in the mirror first

Anonster
Anonster

Yup, Kermit Marsh will get to the bottom of it. You betcha.

Fonziricky
Fonziricky

When folks like Marilyn Davenport and Tim Whitcare speak like these in the open, you shudder at what they may be saying behind closed doors.

The good book is right, you never know the thoughts of men, until they speak.

"Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh".

Fonziricky
Fonziricky

Tim Whitcare,one of her kind in the dark closet is coming out.

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unimpresseddem
unimpresseddem

Does anyone remeber the email of George Bush and the chimp? I don't remember an uproar over that.

Trish adams
Trish adams

MARILYN DAVENPORT NEEDS TO RESIGN IMMEDIATELY. IF SHE REFUSES TO RESIGN, SHE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM HER POST IMMEDIATELY. SHE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE WORST TYPE OF PERSON - A BIGOT!

Bruce Bean
Bruce Bean

Simple question, how does a person discipline themselves? There are no consequences for this lady because people like Whiteacre have no clue.

Guest
Guest

LOL It should have been "handled with one phone call" Right, the call he made to her saying, "where did you get this funny joke?" The GOP is horrified that they have been once again exposed as the KKK hood wearing racist elite group of elderly white good old folk that they are. The entire article can be condensed with lines from Mississippi Burning. Why doesn't he just say, "Can you Jews and liberals stay up in LA where you Commies belong? Our blacks is happy down here in OC" I think Davenport should get her own TV show so she can keep educating people as to how the GOP feels about race relations. She is a poster child for the GOP. And the best PR the Democrats ever had. And this guy, let him keep talking too. This is beautiful. They are such freaks in the OC let them keep talking. No one believes the liberal when we say how racist communities like this are so please, keep speaking GOP. If it's so harmless and funny, why don't they put Michael Steele on a monkey? Oh, because it's totally racist and piggish when it's on a black Republican? Got it.

scp
scp

Wow, some in the Republican Central Committee - Orange County sure are eager to try and sweep blatant racism under the rug. What else do they consider to be acceptable, as long as it goes on behind closed doors?

I hope everyone remembers this when these clowns are up for reelection.

Richard Bertsch
Richard Bertsch

Fran3335, I can not believe I am living among the fools like you in this day and age...in light of the history of America where blacks and other minorities were marginalized and persecuted, if you don't see anything wrong with the e-mail, I would not know where to begin to even engage in communication with people like you...even your statement "Alan Keyes, who happens to be black, but is a man of character.." smacks racism as somehow Alan Keyes is an exceeption as a black man and man of character...Davenport is a racist PERIOD! However she was outed, that is totally secondary if not entirely irrevlevant...if she is not forced to resign from the Republican Party Committee, I would consider the whole party as the same old racist bunch...

Fran3335
Fran3335

I am completely in concert with Tim Whitacre and I totally support Marilyn Davenport. The issue is the BC and there is NOTHING racist about it.George Soros and other Obama backers conceived the scheme of "racism" when they illegally installed INELIGIBLE Obama, knowing that their socialist policies would prevail in getting the naive to vote for someone for his color, rather than his character. Anyone disagreeing with Obama would be labeled racist. Their gambit in creating "the perfect storm" sure paid off and now our country is in ruins.

Alan Keyes, who happens to be black, but is a man of character, warned us about Obama in 2004 but no one listened. Keyes, who ran against him after the Obama minions dispensed with Jack Ryan, would have made a much better senator and, of course, President, if not for the fools among us.

catlady
catlady

Sounds angry that the klan robe got outed.

Edmonia
Edmonia

Mrs Davenport knew what she was doing she meet everything she ,she not sorry she thinks her age and her senillity and the rest of the group OC REPUBLICUNT play like they want her to resign we known you all dont like AA,Mexican or any other minority and guess we dont care in a couple years you'll be the minority let see how others will do to like you done to everybody else.Daven port show us your family we seen what you look like we 'd like to put a animal with your family on it and see the response the world get I would love to meet you and rip you a bran new!#%^ you dry up piece of useless nothing I pray you get what coming.

guest
guest

All I could think of was, how would his children feel if they saw this, and they are sure to.

Fred Speno
Fred Speno

Why is anyone surprised by the Orange County (CA) GOP organization defends Marilyn Davenport's depiction of President Obama and his parents as apes? That sentiment seems universal and reflects the degree to which partisan vitriol has descended.

Fred Speno, Dallas, TX

David
David

lol "Marilyn has disciplined herself"

Guest
Guest

how about covering for Deborah Pauly of Vanilla Park (Villa Park) who said she will kill all the Muslims in the OC happily so they can "get to Paradise sooner." Her hate speech was protected as political speech. So I wonder, does that mean she openly declared war on her Muslim constituents in Anaheim and she can kill them as an act of war at Disneyland? Her apology was as bad as Davenports. She said, "I was having an emotional day." that's it. I hope when she has her "emotional days" from now on that she stays away from Muslims and microphones. And cameras. And probably weapons too...

Zenith
Zenith

Anyone who supports that racist bitch is an idiot and is worse that what she claims Obama is.

Guest
Guest

so put Alan Keyes on a monkey or in the jungle with a bone through his nose with Michael Steele. Oh, it's horrifying and totally racist now right? The problem is Americans are so uneducated they don't even know the history of racism in their own country and that black people were called monkey and equated with chimps for hundreds of years the same way the Nazis equated Jews with rats. They don't even know about slavery and the history of African Americans in the US because they are not taught about it in school and they don't read on their own. Take your 20 minute sit com attention span and google the civil rights movement and eugenics and white superiority and you can see collections of thousands of posters showing black people as monkeys calling them animals. Then maybe you will understand that that is EXACTLY why the KKK loving Davenport did it. If she put his face on a bunny it wouldn't make sense. Or if they put corn growing on the White House lawn not watermelon it wouldn't sting and be a racist slap. I love when good ole white folk pretend that monkeys, jungles, watermelon and fried chicken are not racist stereotypes they have been obsessed with using. Just admit ya'll got caught with your white hoods off and you'll try better to keep it underground again...

Flazhman
Flazhman

You're proving what a true fool sounds like.

James7
James7

Wow. A vulgar loser. What gives you the right??

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