Website compared Obama to O.J. Simpson

July 9, 2008 11:57:56 AM PDT
It was meant to be a joke, but didn't get laughs.

A local Republican Club in New Jersey has removed a slogan from its Web site that read, "Obama loves America like O.J. loved Nicole."

The Pemberton Republican Club removed the slogan after Democrats alleged racist campaign tactics.

Todd Riffle, spokesman for the New Jersey Republican State Committee, said the state party isn't tied to local Republican clubs.

The club's Web master, Ed Kuck, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that he saw the slogan on an Internet site and copied it onto the club's Web page as a joke.

"I found out it was inappropriate, and I took it down," Kuck told the newspaper before adding, "I just want to apologize to anybody who was offended, because that wasn't our intention at all."

The slogan referenced NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson's acquittal in the 1994 murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

Richard Perr, chairman of the Burlington County Democratic Committees, decried the slogan.

"Comparing Barack Obama to O.J. Simpson, an accused murderer who was found civilly liable for his ex-wife's death, is reprehensible," Perr said. "Moreover, it is a veiled attempt at inserting race into the political arena for which the Republicans should be ashamed."