Best Political Exchange Orange County 2011 - Scott Baugh and Marilyn Davenport
In April, Orange County Republican Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport of Fullerton sent an email photograph to fellow conservatives that depicted President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees, with the caption "Now you know why no birth certificate." When first contacted by the Weekly, Davenport, who is elderly, didn't understand the problem of equating the first African American U.S. president with a monkey. She said she didn't deserve any scrutiny because the image wasn't racist, but rather "amusing" and "an Internet joke." In response, Davenport's leader at the OC GOP, Scott Baugh, labeled the email "despicable" and said, "It is dripping with racism, and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public."