PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Republicans are calling on one of their legislative candidates to withdraw from the November election because of an image posted on his Facebook page showing President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a spokesman for the Republicans called the post “absolutely abhorrent” and said George “Sonny” Yellott should apologize for the image. Yellott is running for House District 48.
The post featured an edited photo showing Obama’s head on former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in an image from the dictator’s 2006 hanging. The photo also showed a hooded figure placing a noose around Obama’s neck and the words, “The Making of a National Holiday.”
Yellott, a member of the Mt. Hood Community College’s board of directors, told KOIN 6 News he’s not a fan of President Obama but he did not post the image and doesn’t know who sent it.
The 76-year-old paralegal ran unopposed to win a seat on the board of directors 3 years ago but is now facing a formal complaint to the Mt. Hood board over comments he made at the last board meeting.
Yellott cited “illegal immigrant students” as the reason the school wanted a bond measure for more taxpayers money.
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, the board president and the president of Mt. Hood Community College said “At our last Board of Directors meeting, certain statements were made that presented ideas that were not aligned with our mission, vision or values. While every member of the board has the right to express his or her opinion, no one member can render opinions for the entire board.”
The board will meet in executive session with Yellott Tuesday night over the formal complaint.
He told KOIN 6 News he has no intention of resigning.
KOIN 6 News reporter Lisa Balick contributed to this report.