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State Rep. Cites No Ill Intent From Inadvertent E-Mail

State Rep. Laura Wiley, R-Guilford, said an administrative aide in her office didn't realize that she recently forwarded an e-mail that equates President Barack Obama's health care proposal to practices by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.
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State Rep. Laura Wiley, R-Guilford, said an administrative aide in her office didn't realize that she recently forwarded an e-mail that equates President Barack Obama's health care proposal to practices by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany.

The e-mail makes references to concentration camps and genocide to criticize aspects of the president's health care proposal.

Wiley said Wednesday that she didn't know about the e-mail being forwarded from her office until after it was sent, and the administrative aide didn't realize the nature of the video in the e-mail when forwarding it.

"It was done without intent. Nothing ever has been forwarded like that - it's not acceptable in this office," said Wiley, a three-term state representative and the lone member of the N.C. General Assembly from High Point.

Had Wiley and her office staff known the full content of the e-mail, it would have been deleted immediately, she said.

"It didn't originate in my office, and it was something that shouldn't have been forwarded," Wiley said.

The N.C. Justice Center in Raleigh, an advocacy group for liberal and progressive causes, raised questions this week about the e-mail.

"The subject line of the e-mail says, "This is genocide.' Even if you didn't watch the video within the e-mail, using inflammatory language like that is a huge error in judgment," said center Director of Communications Jeff Shaw.

This article appeared in Thursday's edition of the High Point Enterprise.

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