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Isle of Wight official won't resign over emails

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 4:10pm  ET

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) -- An Isle of Wight County official says he won't resign after coming under fire for sending emails that critics have called racially offensive.

County school board member Herbert DeGroft apologized Tuesday for the emails that targeted first lady Michelle Obama. One claimed National Geographic offered the first lady $50 to pose nude.

DeGroft and county Board of Supervisors member Byron Bailey, who are white, had forwarded the emails but didn't create them.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) that the state NAACP and other community leaders had called for the men to resign.

Both had previously apologized. Bailey had already said he wouldn't resign. DeGroft had previously considered resigning.

In an email statement Tuesday, DeGroft said stupidity does not excuse his thoughtlessness in forwarding the emails and has asked for forgiveness.

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