The Loudoun GOP committee’s communications director, Robert Jesionowski, took full responsibility for the e-mail, the report said.
The Loudoun County Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia did not respond to requests for comment.
The e-mail, first reported on the blog Too Conservative, was sent Monday to promote the committee’s activities at a Halloween parade in Leesburg. The e-mail also included an image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with distorted features and one eye bulging from its socket.
The image of Obama was strongly condemned by both state and local Republican officials.
Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, issued a statement late Monday saying the e-mail was “a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”
“Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the e-mail as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime,’’ Sell said. “Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left. The LCRC deplores any effort to display, suggest or promote violence against the President or any other political figure.”
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