He’s Back – Atwater councilman’s e-mailed ‘jokes’

You might remember that in July, Frago was busted for racial emails including one that read, “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”  Now he’s back with over 200 emails most of which were racist, sexist or off color.  The councilman apologizes saying he shouldn’t have sent the emails….well, duh, what was his first clue?  When he got slammed back in June for emailing his trash?

Some of his constituents are calling for him to step down because of this second round of racist jokes and he certainly should.  He should resign not only because he’s a racist, but because he’s also an idiot that couldn’t take the hint the first time -  apologies don’t change that.

Obama assassination, killing of Latinos in latest batch of Atwater councilman’s e-mailed ‘jokes’


ATWATER — Violent and racist e-mail jokes alluding to the assassination of President Barack Obama, the killing of Latinos and violence against black people were forwarded by Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago during the last six months, according to more than 200 new e-mails obtained by the Sun-Star from the city of Atwater.

The councilman, who forwarded the newly obtained e-mails to city staff and a county supervisor, among others, has been under public pressure to resign since it was learned in July that he had sent other racist e-mails in late 2008 and early 2009.

One of the most troubling of the new Frago e-mails, forwarded in January, joked that Nokia had designed a new cell phone for “nervous white people” who want to make calls in a series of cities known for their large black populations, such as Oakland and New Orleans. The phone was a gun.

Merced County Supervisor Mike Nelson and Atwater’s Assistant City Manager Stan Feathers both received this e-mail. Neither recalled the e-mail, they said.

Another e-mail forwarded by Frago on Dec. 9, 2008, was in the form of a fictitious letter sent by Sen. John McCain to John Hinckley Jr., a man obsessed with actress Jodie Foster, who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The letter said that Hinckley would be released soon and he should know that Obama was sleeping with Foster now.

Atwater City Manager Greg Wellman was the e-mail’s only recipient. He said he doesn’t recall receiving the e-mail.

A third e-mail joked about killing illegal immigrants and Obama delegates. The joke is about a man applying for a position with a police department. As a test, the chief tells the applicant: “Take this gun with 13 bullets and go out and shoot six illegal immigrants, six Obama delegates and a rabbit.” The man asks: “why the rabbit?”

“Fantastic attitude,” says the chief. “When can you start?”

Frago has begun racial sensitivity classes and this week resigned his honorary position as mayor pro tem. “I have made a mistake, I should have known better,” he said at a special meeting on the e-mails in late July.


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