Politics

Maryland GOP Leader Has Black Cow Named "Oprah"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A political leader in Maryland is coming under fire for the name of one of her livestock -- a black Angus cow named "Oprah." 

Diana Waterman was recently elected First Vice Chairman of the state Republican Party. According to the Baltimore Sun, the issue came to light on a Facebook posting from Waterman after the cow birthed a calf.

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The posting caught the eye of Sveinn Storm, who runs a local blog called Pave Our County?

Storm criticized Waterman for naming the cow after the black talk show host who has struggled with her weight. Storm said that's "precisely why an enormous number of Americans view Republicans as racists."

Waterman defends the name, saying her children picked the names for the family's three cows. She said they picked Oprah because the children admire her. The other two, Ferdinand and Isabella, are named after the Spanish monarchs who approved Christopher Columbus's trip to the New World.

A spokesman for the Maryland GOP said the state has bigger problems than the naming of a cow.

"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," said Ryan Mahoney.