An e-mail featuring a picture of two cartoon eyeballs set against a black background and meant to depict President Obama landed a Republican Tennessee state Senate aide in hot water, but not on the unemployment line.
Sherri Goforth, a legislative aide to Republican state Sen. Diane Black, was reprimanded — but not fired — for sending the image, which featured a succession of presidents in dignified and stately positions until the final picture of Obama.
Goforth, who is white, was issued a verbal and written rebuke for sending the e-mail from a statehouse account on May 28. Goforth called it a “bad decision” and said she sent it to the “wrong list of people,” The Tennessean reported.
Democratic legislators have called for Goforth’s resignation, but Black defended her decision not to fire her, telling the newspaper that Goforth has always been a friend to “people with black skin.”
“This was an inappropriate e-mail,” Black told the network. “I regret that this happened in my office.”
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