TAMPA — Carol Carter, a Republican state committeewoman representing Hillsborough County, resigned Thursday after the St. Petersburg Times reported she forwarded an e-mail joke that was attacked as being racist.
Carter gave her resignation to state GOP chairman Jim Greer after speaking with him Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
“Carol Carter has been a hard-working, loyal Republican for many years,” Greer said in a statement. “I appreciate her many notable contributions to our party, but this action I have no tolerance for, regardless of the circumstances or intent.”
Carter sent the e-mail that led to her resignation Friday, the day the Republican National Committee announced the selection of its first African-American chairman, Michael Steele.
The e-mail, with the subject line “Amazing!” read:
“How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?”