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Man Dressed as Obama in Pimp Costume at GOP Event Sparks Anger

Attempt at humor was found to be "discriminatory."

SUMMERVILLE, SC -- A seemingly innocuous debate viewing party in this South Carolina town took an unexpected turn on Tuesday night. The event, hosted by the GOP in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties, was meant to be a show of support for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in his battle with Barack Obama for the White House. But during the event a man arrived wearing an Obama mask and dressed like a pimp.

He then had his picture taken in full costume with several people, including Charleston County GOP Chair and State First Vice Chair Lin Bennett. The man in the costume has not been identified.

Upon seeing the photo, some Democrats were outraged. One wrote a blog post, calling the conduct at the party “discriminatory” and “racist-leaning.”

But here's the twist. Bennett said the man in the suit is a Democrat and an Obama supporter. She told Patch that Tuesday's event was open to everyone and when the man arrived in costume, she was taken aback.

"People are so quick to call the GOP racist, when the other side does plenty of crazy stuff, too," Bennett said.

madeline October 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
not as ugly as your mama
Sandy Quigley October 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Funny how all you GOPers are jumping Linda. The article claims the man in costume has not been identified and yet Bennett claims he's a Democrat and Obama supporter. Now why woud he attend a Romney support party? So Bennett - if you know so much, who exactly is under the mask?
c strianese October 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
These Barack supports are unbelievable, they will do anything to try to get people not to consider his four last years of terrible governing!!
Sandy Quigley October 21, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Hey Eddie...your lack of intelligence is showing.
Nancy Seufert October 21, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Yes c strianese it so horribly bad that our president got equal pay for women passed, passed a stimulus plan that helped us out, killed bin laden, ended the war in Iraq, and passed a health care plan - all while the number one priority of the Republican Congress was to ensure our President was not re-elected (not to get us out of the mountain of debt caused by Bush). So yes, keep screaming what a horrible president Obama is and maybe one day the intelligent people will believe you.

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