MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A local legislator is causing controversy after sending some racially charged e-mails with a voter .
The exchange took place in January between Alabama State Representative Joseph Mitchell and an Alabama resident.
The original e-mail was about gun control but the emails that followed from Mitchell strayed from that issue. Some are even calling Mitchell's emails, a "racist rant".
Eddie Maxwell of Bessemer, Ala. Alabama sent the original e-mail asking the house and senate to stop additional restrictions on firearms.
An hour later Mitchell of Mobile responded with an e-mail that read in part:
"Your folk never used all this sh*t to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk."
Mitchell ended that email with "BRING IT!!!!"
"My first impression was that someone might have intercepted the email and Rep. Mitchell may not have even written them," said Maxwell.
Mitchell has publicly admitted to sending the e-mail and these that followed.
Mitchell sent another e-mail to Maxwell that read in part:
"Do you know where you and/or your folk were herding my folk with the very long-bores you didn't want us to have?"
The e-mail continued with, "address the historical issues of people like me and mine and give us that eye for an eye thing."
This email ended with "Happy Huntin." Signed, "Josephm, long-bore."
Yet another five paragraph email from Mitchell was signed "lock and load. Jmitchell"
"I don't think they are appropriate for a legislator, I really don't," said Maxwell.
FOX10 NEWS reached out to Mitchell through e-mail and by phone but we received no response.
We also contacted several other local lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, but they wouldn't comment.
They did, however, confirm that Mitchell has been absent most, if not all of this session due to his health.
We reached out to the Democratic Chairman in Mobile and the state leader and neither would comment.
One organization is responding though, the Alabama Republican party.
"I was appalled when I heard about the comments Rep. Mitchell made to a constituent," said GOP Chairman Bill Armistead.
Armistead called the remarks "racist and inflammatory." He said they were "some of the worst I have ever seen from anybody much less a legislator."
Armistead is asking the Democratic Chair Judge Mark Kennedy to take action.
"Judge Kennedy chairman of the Democratic party ought to demand that Rep. Mitchell resign or at least apologize to the legislature and the entire state of Alabama for this irrefutable damage he has done to our state," said Armistead.
Maxwell isn't asking for an apology, he has already forgiven Mitchell.
"Personally, between us, if he has valid reasons for having anger at me and that was expressed in these words well I've already forgiven him I would just like to know his reasons for using them," said Maxwell.
Maxwell is also challenging the legislators.
"Maybe they are not hearing him? He wasn't being heard? I don't know those are things we need to find out," said Maxwell.
The Associated Press did get a response from Mitchell Wednesday afternoon. According to the AP article, Mitchell said he was explaining that citizens who descended from slaves and were disenfranchised by the state constitution have a different view of history and the constitution than white citizens.
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