E-mails released yesterday show that Houston District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal sent and received racist jokes and strategized with political consultants and colleagues about his re-election campaign on his county e-mail account, reports the Houston Chronicle. Also within the correspondence were numerous sexually explicit images. The latest batch of 730 e-mails was met with concern by Harris County GOP leaders, who had already successfully pressured him to abandon his re-election bid. “It’s time for Chuck Rosenthal to pack his bags and leave,” said county GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill.
The e-mails are part of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for a 2001 incident. E-mails filled with affectionate love notes from Rosenthal to executive secretary Kerry Stevens were mistakenly released by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt. The release prompted Rosenthal to withdraw from his re-election campaign under pressure from GOP officials.