GALLATIN, Tenn., June 16 (UPI) -- Tennessee state Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, says she has disciplined an aide for passing along a racist cartoon of President Barack Obama in an e-mail.
The aide, Sherri Goforth, forwarded the cartoon May 28 to other staffers, and received both a written and verbal reprimand Monday, the senator said. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Black said Goforth sent the e-mail without her knowledge and "it does not reflect my views."
She added Goforth, who is white, understands the severity of what she did and will not be further punished, but Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester called for her to be fired.
The message shows portraits of all 44 presidents with Obama's picture just a black box with eyes showing. A note said it was paid for by the Tennessee Republicans, but party officials denied it.