Mayor in W. Virginia resigns after offensive Facebook post about Michelle Obama

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The Mayor resigns after an offensive Facebook post about Michelle Obama. (KTRK)

Former Clay Mayor Beverly Whaley did not show up Tuesday evening as council members voted to accept her resignation.

Whaley resigned earlier Tuesday after a comment on Facebook, approving a post that compared First Lady Michelle Obama to an ape according to WSAZ-TV.

Whaley apologized in a statement sent Monday to The Washington Post, writing: "My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I'm not of any way racist!"

Despite a Town Hall packed with reporters and a few protesters Monday evening, the meeting itself lasted less than 10 minutes.

Clay Councilman Jason Hubbard said, "I'd like to apologize to anyone who was offended and most certainly the First Lady. I'm sorry that this happened."

He went on to say, "The Town Council would like to condemn the horrible and indecent post that is the center of the controversy. This post is an individual and isolated act. This kind of racial intolerance is not what this community is about."

Earlier Tuesday, The West Virginia Democratic Party released this apology to First Lady Obama:
"On behalf of my fellow Mountaineers I would like extend my sincerest apologies to First Lady Michelle Obama. West Virginia truly is better than this. These radical, hateful, and racist ideals are exactly what we at the West Virginia Democratic Party will continue to fight against. These words and actions do not represent West Virginia values. We will continue to fight for a West Virginia that is inclusive, not divisive and a home for all to feel safe, welcome, and protected. In a time when we are at a crossroads and many fear the future we must stand together against hate of all forms."


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