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PORTLAND The new chairman of Washington County Republicans has quit, hours after The Oregonian newspaper published an email in which he equated the Democratic Party with communism and called liberalism an atheistic cult.

The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes reported Wednesday Gary Bray said he's returning to his lumber business.

State GOP officials quickly distanced themselves from the email, and GOP legislators pressed him to resign.

Washington is a swing county pivotal to Republican efforts to reduce Democratic dominance of Oregon politics.

Bray's email says the Democrats' national committee is is actually communism wrapped in their liberal religion to mask the fact they are attempting to create their utopian enslavement.

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