Atwater city councilman Gary Frago is stepping down as mayor pro tem after forwarding racist e-mails to city and county officials.
Frago acknowledged he sent the e-mails from his personal account that denigrated President Barack Obama, the first lady and black people in late 2008 and early 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:
Councilman Gary Frago admitted sending e-mails comparing Obama to O.J. Simpson, about Obama taxing aspirin because "it's white and it works" and one about Michelle Obama posing nude for National Geographic.
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"I will be stepping down immediately from my position as mayor pro tem," said Frago in a prepared statement.
"I can only move forward by starting to do right," he said in the statement.
Initially, Frago downplayed the incident, saying he just passed on the e-mails and did not originate them.
"I don't see where there's a story, I'm not the only one that does it," he told the Merced Sun-Star on July 21. "I didn't originate them, they came to me, and I just passed them on."
He has since apologized, and will enroll in sensitivity training.