2 Isle of Wight officials under fire for emails

2 Isle of Wight officials under fire for emails

Credit: Isle of Wight County Website

2 Isle of Wight officials under fire for emails

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Associated Press and 13News

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 8:20 AM

SMITHFIELD (AP) -- Two Isle of Wight County officials are under fire for sending emails that critics say are racially offensive.

The local NAACP and other community leaders are calling for county Board of Supervisors member Byron Bailey and county school board member Herbert DeGroft to resign.

Media outlets report that the men forwarded the emails but didn't create them. Both emails targeted first lady Michelle Obama. One claimed National Geographic offered the first lady $50 to pose nude.

Isle of Wight NAACP president Dottie Harris says the emails are hurtful and racist and called on both men, who are white, to resign.

In an email to 13News, Harris said, "Mr. DeGroft’s cartoons and doctored photograph sent by email are not a funny matter. He has insulted our community, our County and our President. They have both brought disgrace and dishonor to our County. We will not tolerate such comments and actions.”

Bailey and DeGroft have apologized for the emails. Bailey says he won't resign. DeGroft says he's considering resigning.

AP-WF-05-23-13 1034GMT

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