marilyn_davenport_web.jpgLOS ANGELES (AP) _ Officials from the oldest African-American church in Los Angeles have called on a local Republican official to resign after she sent an offensive email about President Barack Obama.

First AME Church Pastor John J. Hunter is demanding that Marilyn Davenport step down from the GOP's Orange County Central Committee after she emailed a message depicting Obama's face superimposed over a baby chimp's.

The senior minister of the 19,000-member church is also demanding an apology from the Republican Party.

Hunter and other community leaders will publicly call for Davenport's resignation Friday.

The head of Orange County's GOP has pressured Davenport to resign but said a recall isn't feasible because of the expense.

No one answered Davenport's phone Friday. She has said she had no racist intentions when she sent the email.