West Virginia Mayor Resigns After Controversial Facebook Post About Michelle Obama

Amid backlash, Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling submitted her resignation Tuesday.

Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling came under fire after she appeared to agree with a racist comment posted about the first lady on social media.

Whaling liked Taylor's Facebook post and commented, "Just made my day Pam." The post was first reported by WSAZ-TV and was shared hundreds of times before it was deleted.

On Tuesday, Whaling submitted a letter announcing her resignation, which she said would be "effective immediately," ABC affiliate WCHS in Charleston, West Virginia, reported. She also issued an apology to the media, saying her comment was not meant to be racist.

"I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I'm not in any way racist!" she wrote.

Whaling's resignation came before a previously scheduled Tuesday meeting where the town council was expected to discuss the issue. Taylor told WCHS Monday night that she had been put on leave.

ABC News could not reach Whaling's or Taylor's offices for comment.

A petition on the website Care2 calling for Whaling's and Taylor's resignations has garnered more than 154,000 signatures.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.