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Flagstaff lawmaker apologizes for offensive tweets

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A northern Arizona lawmaker has apologized for a series of tweets that many Democrats and civil rights activists viewed as racially offensive.

The apology issued Thursday by Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff is the latest in a series of missteps that prompted apologies by the freshman lawmaker since he took office in January.

Thorpe's latest apology came after his online comments drew fire from Democratic lawmakers and a Phoenix civil rights activist and he shut down his public Twitter feed.

Thorpe declined to comment beyond a statement saying he "never intended to be insensitive or divisive."

The tweets criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for proposing changes to the nation's sentencing laws and supported a Missouri rodeo clown who donned a Barack Obama mask.

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