Aug 212013

By Linda Kor
Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff, who represents District 6 at the state capitol, has issued an apology after he criticized Attorney General Eric Holder when he proposed changing the nation’s sentencing laws, suggesting he did so to benefit fellow blacks. He also posted a tweet from his Twitter account that appeared to support a Missouri rodeo clown who riled up a crowd as a masked man imitating President Barack Obama.
In a statement issued by Thorpe he noted, “I would like to express my most sincere apologies to anyone who might have been offended by my recent tweets. I acknowledge that they were poorly worded and did not reflect what I genuinely wanted to communicate about recent national news stories. Although I never intended to be insensitive or divisive, I quickly realized that my tweets were causing a few readers to believe that my motives were not as I intended them to appear. It is for that reason that I deleted the tweets in the hope that they will no longer be misinterpreted or cause any offense to anyone who might read them.”
Thorpe has not only deleted the tweets, but has since locked down his Twitter account.
Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson, who also represents District 6, has made comments of her own regarding the rodeo mask incident on her Facebook account, but does not appear to be offering apologies for her statements.
“I hope rodeo clowns this season all wear Obama masks in solidarity with the guy who lost his job because Barry’s (Obama) hide is so thin!” wrote Barton.
Barton denied her comments were racist and added, “All presidents since Richard Nixon (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the rest) have been the subject of jokes and ridicule, why should this one be different? The fact that this president seems to relish showing off his elite status over the rest of us however is something new.”
Barton was contacted at her office but had no further comment.