Ex-Los Alamitos Mayor Who Sent Racist ‘Watermelons-Growing-At-White-House’ Email Is Running Again

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October 26, 2010 4:47 a.m.

Dean Grose used to be Mayor and a City Councilman in Los Alamitos, California. In 2009, Grose resigned from both his positions after sending a racist email depicting watermelons growing on the lawn of the White House. Now, Grose is running for his old City Council seat once again.Back in February, 2009, Grose became a household-internet name when he sent around the now-infamous email to a group of friends, including to one African-American businesswoman, Keyanus Price. The Orange County Register reported that the email had the heading: “No Easter Egg hunt this year,” and prompted Price to respond to Grose: “Hey, that’s not nice at all. Not all black people like watermelon, you should know better than that.” Grose replied: “The way things are today, you gotta laugh every now and then. I wanna see the coloring contests.”

Grose eventually released an official statement of apology, but the damage had been done. He resigned as Mayor, then as City Councilman a week later when the controversy didn’t go away.

But now he’s back, and he’s got the endorsement of the local Republican Central Committee. The OC Register reports:

Grose came to the full committee to ask for its not-inconsiderable endorsement, which can be touted on for slate mailers and other campaign literature. “Forgive me for my prior incident and allow me to move forward,” he implored a packed tent at the Irvine Hyatt.

There are six other candidates running for three open seats.

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