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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The chairman of the Providence Democratic City Committee has resigned after posting a meme on Facebook that some city leaders said was racist toward Italians.

WPRI-TV reports that Patrick Ward said Friday he feels it’s best to step down amid the “distraction” caused by his December post.

Ward posted an image from the movie “The Godfather” with the words “David” and “John” superimposed over the characters Michael and Fredo Corleone.

The image was posted under a story about now-Council President David Salvatore and Majority Leader John Igliozzi taking leadership positions with the City Council. Ward’s wife, Councilwoman Sabina Matos, was acting president at the time.

The first public criticism of Ward came this week, from Councilman Nicholas Narducci. Mayor Jorge Elorza and other prominent Democrats then called for his resignation.