Yet another GOP leader is caught associated with racially charged remarks

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Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal answers reporters' questions, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. O'Neal says he's considering banning union lobbyists who participated in a demonstration in the House gallery from the gallery.
Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal answers reporters' questions, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. O'Neal says he's considering banning union lobbyists who participated in a demonstration in the House gallery from the gallery.
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Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal has apologized for forwarding an email poking fun at first lady Michelle Obama and referring to her as “Mrs. YoMama.”   

O’Neal said yesterday that part of the message – which he received and forwarded in a personal email account – struck him as funny.  It compared Mrs. Obama to the Grinch, using a picture of her with wind-swept hair.   

Yet another GOP leader is caught associated with racially charged remarks

The House speaker, a Hutchinson Republican, joked in forwarding the email that he’s has worse hair days himself.   

O’Neal said yesterday he forwarded the email too quickly and missed the accompanying text, which included the “YoMama” reference.  He said he did not intend to offend anyone.   

Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon said the email demeaned the first lady and that forwarding it was disrespectful.

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Yet another GOP leader is caught associated with racially charged remarks

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