Connelly’s ‘funny’ email

County supervisor passes on politically questionable email

Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly (pictured) recently forwarded an email containing a politically questionable joke to a number of addresses, including that of a county office.

The joke is about a driver waiting at a stoplight next to a “carload of bearded, young, loud Muslims, shouting anti-American slogans…” When the light changed, “an 18-wheeler came speeding thru the intersection & ran directly over their car, crushing it completely, killing everyone in the car. For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself, ‘Man…..that could have been me!’ So today, bright and early, I went out and got a job as a truck driver.”

Someone with a county government email forwarded the joke to Mike Baca of KPAY radio, where it was reported on air. Baca, who did not identify the sender of the email, said Connelly was defensive when asked about it. At a public meeting in Chico a few days after the mention on KPAY, Connelly, who is running for re-election, responded irritably when asked about it again: “It was just a joke,” he said.