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Updated: Rigell condemns another racist e-mail in Va. Beach

Ben Pershing

For the second time in as many days, Virginia 2nd district congressional candidate Scott Rigell has put out a statement condemning a racist e-mail sent by a prominent fellow Virginia Beach Republican.

On Monday, Rigell joined his opponent, Rep. Glenn Nye (D), in criticizing Virginia Beach Republican Party Chairman David Bartholomew for forwarding an e-mail containing a racist joke. Bartholomew resigned his post late Monday night.

On Tuesday, it was a former Virginia Beach GOP head Karen Beauchamp who was the subject of controversy. Blue Virginia, the liberal blog that first posted the Bartholomew message, posted an e-mail allegedly sent by Beauchamp in July that included the parody song "Barack the Angry Negro."

Correction: The original version of this post referenced another parody song, "Barack the Magic Negro."

"The language is a bit strong but the sentiment is right!" Beauchamp wrote in her email message, which was sent to unknown recipients. "We will take America back."

Beauchamp had not responded to a request for comment as of this posting.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Rigell campaign manager Jason Miyares said: "Let me be clear, racism has no place in our society and runs completely counter to Scott Rigell's values. The Rigell campaign does not condone this type of behavior from anyone associated with our campaign. It should be noted that Karen Beauchamp is not in a position of leadership or an advisor to the Rigell campaign, and she has not been in a position of leadership within the Republican Party for close to 10 years."

Until Tuesday, Beauchamp was listed on Rigell's campaign website as one of his endorsers. Her name has since been removed, but Blue Virginia has a screen shot of the previous version.

Lowell Feld, the Blue Virginia blogger, has not said in either of his posts where he obtained the emails, making it unclear whether the source or sources of the messages might have more to release in the two weeks remaining until Election Day.

By Ben Pershing  | October 19, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello  
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We ought not to be surprised at any of this. If you didn't know that a strong vein of racism is intregal to the Republicans, the tea party, et al; then you havn't been paying attention. This time they let a little of it surface. Rigell's doing the only thing he can do, all the while hoping they don't find something on his email.

Posted by: turtle9 | October 19, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

GOP = Racist = Tea Party. What part of this don't you understand. Playing the race card is standard GOP strategy. If you don't believe it, ask Harold Ford from TN.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | October 20, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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