Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Tuesday condemned the conservative blog of a Republican state Board of Education member over its description of President Obama as a “half-breed,” according to the Omaha World-Herald.
“While many Nebraskans disagree with our president on many issues, he is deserving of the same civility and respect we give one another,” Ricketts said, according to the World-Herald. “There is no room for bigotry. I am deeply disappointed and unequivocally condemn these comments.”
Board member Pat McPherson founded the Objective Conservative blog, but insists that he did not write the controversial posts himself. McPherson said the posts were written by an unnamed contributor, according to the World-Herald.
In addition to referring to Obama as a “half-breed” numerous times, the blog also posted a cartoon portraying Michelle Obama as obese, according to Right Wing Watch.
A blog post also compared gay marriage to bestiality, according to a cached version of the page.
“I vote Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my German Shepherd,” the posts reads.
McPherson will not be forced to resign. However, he deleted the controversial posts and plans to take down the entire blog down, according to the World-Herald
“Upon viewing that submission, I have taken action to have it removed and will monitor future submissions by contributors in a much more diligent manner,” McPherson wrote on his blog Monday about the latest post calling Obama a “half-breed.” “Unfortunately, I have not always had time to read all submissions by other contributors and I apologize for that. I strongly disavow the racist tones evident in the piece and again will take appropriate action to assure such inappropriate content is not posted in the future by that contributor or any other.”
McPherson is also the former chairman of the Douglas County, Neb., Republican Party.