Clay mayor turns in letter of resignation in wake of Michelle Obama Facebook controversy


    Beverly Whaling, the mayor of the town of Clay, has turned in her letter of resignation after coming under fire for her comment on a controversial Facebook post regarding first lady Michelle Obama over the weekend. (MGN Online)

    Beverly Whaling, the mayor of the town of Clay, has turned in her letter of resignation after coming under fire for her comment on a controversial Facebook post regarding first lady Michelle Obama over the weekend.

    "I, Beverly Whaling, will be resigning as mayor of the town of Clay, effective immediately," Whaling said in a statement,

    Whaling came under national attention after she agreed with a statement made by Clay County Development Corp. Director Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who made a Facebook post about first lady Michelle Obama.

    Taylor's post said, "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a ape in heels."

    Whaling commented on the post saying "Just made my day Pam," in the post's comment section.

    The posts have attracted media attention nationwide. A petition for the two to be terminated has more than 154,400 signatures.

    Both women apologized publicly on Facebook. Taylor has since deleted her Facebook page and said Tuesday night that she is now on leave from her position.

    Whaling previously issued the following statement about the incident:

    "I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment," Whaling said in the statement. "My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!"

    Clay Town Council has a 5 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, where the controversy is expected to be discussed.


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