UPDATE: Watermelon Patch Mayor to Resign

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via AP

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called “a small group of friends.” One of the recipients, a local businesswoman and city volunteer, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn’t mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons.

Located in Orange County, Los Alamitos is a 2 1/4-square-mile city of around 12,000 people.

One thought on “UPDATE: Watermelon Patch Mayor to Resign

  1. One definitely needs to apologize for such an act. How could he dare to it when being at a such a reputable post. Even then as being a citizen you should not be ding this. And thanks to the lady who brought this to everybody’s notice by showing her courage in the public openly. Why not any other from those who was sent the same mail, too try doing this. Did not they have the same feeling for their nation.

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