GOP official names black cow Oprah
A Republican leader on the Eastern Shore has angered some members of her party by having a black Angus cow named Oprah.
Diana Waterman, the newly elected First Vice Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party noted on Facebook that the family cow, Oprah, recently birthed a calf. (She joked that the newborn would not be called "Veal.")
The post caught the attention of Sveinn C. Storm, who runs a Queen Anne's County-focused blog called "Pave Our County?" The blog mostly focuses on development related issues.
Naming a cow after an African-American talk show host who has struggled with her weight is "precisely why an enormous number of Americans view Republicans as racists," Storm wrote. He identifies himself as a Republican.
We emailed Waterman, and she had a different take. The family owns three adult cows: Oprah, Ferdinand and Isabella.
She said the black Angus was named by her children "after a famous person they admire." The two others, also named by the children, honor the Spanish monarchs who approved Christopher Columbus' trip to the New World.
"That’s all there is to it," Waterman wrote.
The Maryland state party wasn't impressed with the flap.
"With Maryland facing a record budget deficit, historic unemployment and a government that spends beyond its means - I’m not sure why we’re talking about cows when we could be addressing these real problems facing our state,” said Maryland GOP spokesman Ryan Mahoney.