MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The words of Democratic State Representative Joseph Mitchell still have a lot of you talking and for the first time today, state democratic leaders are also responding.
It looks like Mitchell can't escape his words. In a response to a voter's email about gun control Mitchell went off.
Here is a snippet of what he said:
"Hey man. Your folk never used all this s*** to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk."
Wednesday the Alabama GOP leader responded calling Mitchell's email "the worst he had ever heard."
Republicans also called on democratic leaders to demand an apology and a resignation but that didn't happen. However, democrats certainly aren't defending Mitchell either.
"As far as the Alabama Democratic Party is concerned, representative Mitchell stands alone in this matter and speaks only for himself. The level of discourse in our legislature and by our legislators has been diminished and the Alabama Democratic Party deplores any rhetoric that divides the people of Alabama," said Chairman Mark Kennedy in a release.
We took Mitchell's comments to the people of Mobile County, those he is elected to represent.
"I don't know why Joe would say something like this he's always seemed to be a nice guy…this right here seems out of character," said Mitchell's neighbor.
"Well maybe it's time for him to be replaced," said another Alabama voter.
Some lawmakers serve with Mitchell wouldn't comment on camera but say Mitchell hasn't been in Montgomery all session due to his health.
We made a call to find out for sure but according to a spokesperson for the House of Representatives there is no roll call.
According to an Associated Press 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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