A Texas county’s Democratic Party rejected the resignation of its chairman Tuesday, days after he described Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) as an “oreo.”
Lamar County Democratic Party chairman Gary O’Connor, who is white, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that he was “deeply and sincerely sorry” for using the “racist term” against Scott, one of three black senators and the only black Republican.
“It was insensitive and I have embarrassed myself and my party by its use,” O’Connor’s statement read.
However, the Lamar County Democratic Party issued its own statement late Tuesday.
“Our local Democrats have taken the last few days to reflect upon this incident,” the organization said, according to MyParisTexas.com.
“After much discussion — especially among our local [b]lack Democrats — we chose not to accept Mr. O’Connor’s resignation.”
The party added that O’Connor “has written a public letter of apology to Sen. Tim Scott, and Lamar County Democrats join him in this apology.”