Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor has offered his resignation in response to mounting pressure from both parties after calling Senator Tim Scott an “oreo” in a Facebook post.
“I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use of racist term I used to describe Sen. Tim Scott on my personal Facebook page. It was insensitive, and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman Gary O’Connor told the Washington Examiner Tuesday.
“As a result, I feel compelled to offer my resignation as chair of the Lamar County Democratic Party for consideration by the County Executive Committee,” O’Connor said.
On Apr. 29, O’Connor shared Washington Post’s article “What the back-and-forth over America being a ‘racist country’ is actually about,’” in which he wrote on social media, “I had hoped that Scott might show some common sense, but it seems clear that he is little more than on oreo with no real principles.”
After the post went viral, many political officials slammed O’Connor for the racial slur, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West, and United States Representative Pat Fallon.
“This is disgusting, hateful, and completely unacceptable. O’Connor must apologize to @SenatorTimScott & step down immediately,” Abbott wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “@texasdemocrats censure him.”
West said, “It appears that Lamar County Texas Democrat Chairman Gary O’Connor took to social media and disparaged Sen. Tim Scott by calling him a racist slur “Oreo.” Not surprisingly, the Party of systemic racism has defended him, and he is yet to resign. It’s time to use one of Saul Alinsky’s tactics, ridicule, against the Texas Democrat Party. Let’s all mail or personally deliver a package of Oreos to the Texas Democrat Party headquarters until their racist Chairman from Lamar County, Gary O’Connor resigns. I will be doing so as I find O’Connor’s remarks, and his defense, utterly offensive and disgusting. Then again, what should we expect from the Party who founded the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow?”
No announcement has been made on who will replace O’Connor as Lamar County Democratic Party Chairman.
myparistexas.com made repeated attempts to contact O’Connor for comment.