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NAACP, Ministers Chide Lamborn For Remark

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A group of Democrats and civil-rights activists planned to visit the Colorado Springs office of Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn Monday to express outrage over his recent comparison of the president to a “tar baby.”

The Colorado Springs Branch NAACP and the El Paso County Ministerial Union have signed a letter expressing “outrage” at Lamborn’s remark last month on a talk radio show. Lamborn said that being associated with President Barack Obama was “like touching a, a tar baby.”

Lamborn later apologized. Lamborn says he meant the term to mean a sticky situation, though the term “tar baby” has at times been used as a racially denigrating term.

A release from the El Paso County Democratic Party said the letter would be delivered at 10 a.m.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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