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6/20/08 6:43 PM
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 http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/18/america/NA-POL-US-Obama-Button.php

AUSTIN: The Republican Party of Texas will donate proceeds from a vendor who sold a racist campaign button at the state convention last weekend to Midwestern flood victims, a party spokesman said Wednesday.

A vendor called Republicanmarket.com sold a button that said "If Obama is president ... will we still call it The White House?" The button was sold in a pavilion adjoining the convention hall in Houston.

Democrat Barack Obama is the first black presidential candidate poised to be a major political party's nominee.

Jonathan Alcox, owner of Republicanmarket.com, said he didn't intend to offend anyone. He made 12 buttons and sold four of them, but said two of them were sold to reporters.

"We're into humor, not racism," said Alcox, who described himself as an independent who still may vote for Obama in November. "Why would I do that purposely? I thought it was funny."

In addition to donating the $1,500 rent the party collected from the vendor, the state Republican Party also will bar it from booth space at future events and "encourage him to clean up his act," the state party's spokesman Hans Klingler said.

"We will neither tolerate nor profit from bigotry," Klingler said

Klingler said the party does not vet the merchandise being sold, but officials plan to discuss doing so in the future. The button sales were first reported in the Dallas Morning News.

State party officials also have alerted the Republican National Convention in hopes that Alcox will not be allowed to sell merchandise at the national Republican convention.

 
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 Ah, I don't sweat this. There are going to be these type of people all election long.

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