Response to Jim Thompson’s remarks about Obama

Members of the Winnebago County Board Democratic Caucus feel compelled to respond to Winnebago County Republican Central Committee Chairman Jim Thompson’s remarks regarding President Obama and his policies. We must also respond to the Republican Central Committee’s vote of confidence supporting the chairman.

Committees are in place attempting to transform Rockford and the region. Many of us are working on this. But there is a problem!

We had waited to see if the Republican Central Committee would act to remedy the rift that Chairman Thompson opened up. It hasn’t happened.

Thompson said: “Media update for the week: saw on the news this week the offspring of a donkey and a zebra, black and white legs, rest all donkey. Not sure why this is news: now if we can teach him to read a teleprompter, we could have two living creatures the media will fawn over that is part white, part black and all a***!”

This remark hinders our community’s progress. We live in the 21st century! These comments reflect the mind of a political leader. They show that there is something very wrong with the Republican leadership inhibiting the cooperative relationship we need to transform our community. Moreover, the vote of confidence by the committee underscores the need for change. Instead of working to heal the rift, they added insult to injury.

We, the Winnebago County Board Democratic Caucus, find the comments made about the president racist and destructive. As elected officials, we understand that citizens from opposing parties will not always agree on policies. However, we do not understand nor accept race to be a determining factor.

We would like to suggest a workshop or class in cultural diversity. Such a workshop will make us a stronger and less divided community.

Dorothy Redd, chairman
Winnebago County Board Democratic Caucus

From the July 16-22, 2014, issue

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