Former Cheney aide calls for TN staffer to be fired over racist Obama e-mail.

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Yesterday, Tennessee state senator Diane Black (R) continued to resist calls to fire a staffer who sent out a racist image of President Obama. “This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority,” said Black, adding that the e-mail by aide Sherri Goforth “does not reflect any of my beliefs.” As proof, Black said that she spent time as a nurse in Haiti working with “people with black skin.” This morning on CNN, former Cheney aide Ron Christie said that it was unacceptable that Black wasn’t firing Goforth:

Racism cannot be tolerated for those who have the public trust. This individual said, “I simply had the wrong person.” Well, she needs to be looking for a new job, she needs to be fired. It’s a poor reflection on her institution that she works in in the state Senate in Tennessee, and a poor reflection on her member. … Racism has to be stamped out, that’s why I said this staffer has to go. I think the appropriate course of action would be for this staffer to be dismissed.

Watch it:

Transcript:

CHRISTIE: I think it’s really unfortunate, John. When you’re a member of a congressional staff, your obligation is to represent not only the member of the state Senate or state House that you represent, but the people from that district. And this racist cartoon reflects very poorly on the member of Congress — or I should say, the state senator — and it’s despicable. We need to stand out for those people who are involved in public service, to a higher calling and a higher standard, and say, “We do not accept any form of racism in public service. This staffer needs to go.” [...]

KING: So this legislative aide — Sherri Goforth is her name, she works for state senator Diane Black — she admits to sending out the e-mail. She says she sent it to the wrong list. Ron, it sounds like she got caught in an “oops” moment there. She did intend to send this e-mail out. So what do you think should be the appropriate course of action that the state senator takes regarding this person?

CHRISTIE: Well John, again, I can’t say it anymore clearly. Racism cannot be tolerated for those who have the public trust. This individual said, “I simply had the wrong person.” Well, she needs to be looking for a new job, she needs to be fired. It’s a poor reflection on her institution that she works in in the state Senate in Tennessee, and a poor reflection on her member.

I will say, however, that we shouldn’t go too far to draw this out as “the Republican party is racist.” This does not reflect on the Republican party. But it’s an incident that Republican leaders in Tennessee, as well as Washington, need to be very cognizant that this sort of behavior cannot be tolerated. It needs to be eliminated immediately. [...]

We need to stamp out racism where it exists. Be it in our places of worship, be it in our places of work, but racism can’t be tolerated. For those who are involved in the political process, they have to recognize that again, this is a public trust. You cannot employ who look at other people as other than equal individuals. We’re all equal under the law, we’re all equal in society. Racism has to be stamped out, that’s why I said this staffer has to go. I think the appropriate course of action would be for this staffer to be dismissed.

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