Florida GOPer Resigns After Tasteless Katrina Joke

Resigns after email mocking trapped "blacks"
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 6, 2009 9:30 AM CST
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(Newser) – Carol Carter, a Florida Republican committeewoman, isn’t racist. It’s just that she likes Katrina jokes. So much that she emailed this one around last week: “How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?” After GOP higher-ups were not amused, Carter resigned her position last night, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

Carter is the real victim, swear her friends. Says Janice Torgerson, another local official, “I've known Carol for many, many years and I know she doesn't have a racist bone in her body.” And, though she “can’t condone” Carter’s taste in humor, she says it's “tragically sad to be losing someone like her.”