Virginia GOP unit pulls ‘offensive’ Obama photos

September 27, 2012

A tiny Republican Party unit in southside Virginia appears to have given in to state GOP leaders’ demands that it remove “offensive” photos of President Obama from its Facebook page.

R. Wallace “Wally” Hudson, chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Committee, had vowed on Tuesday to ignore calls from the Republican Party of Virginia to take down doctored photos portraying Obama as a witch doctor, caveman and thug. He defended the images as harmless spoofs — and as a matter of free speech.

State party Chairman Pat Mullins had strongly condemned the photos, saying that posting them on the unit’s Web site was “unacceptable behavior from any local unit associated with our party.”

The matter appeared to be at a stalemate Wednesday, when the pictures remained on the site for most of the day. At some point that day, the witch doctor photo was yanked, but the others were still up.

But by Thursday morning, all of three images had been removed and about 100 new, less controversial images had been added to the site. By afternoon, the site was “temporarily unavailable.”

Hudson and state party officials declined to comment.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.
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