Mitchell Continues Rant on Facebook

Mitchell Continues Rant on Facebook

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MOBILE, Alabama -

After sending racially charged e-mails to a constituent, Representative Joseph Mitchell isn't backing down, he's doubling down.

Mitchell posted on his Facebook account.

In refereeing to black people he wrote:

When white folk want WE to put the past behind US, they are tellin' Black folk to forget what THEY (white folk) did to WE.

And as aggressively as he has been in writing, Mitchell has been quite when it comes to voting.

As a legislature he hasn't cast a vote on any legislation in nearly a year.

In fact his voting record has been spotty at best.

According to the online vote tracker, Votesmart, Mitchell has voted on less than half of key votes since 2006.

We would like to ask Mitchell about his comments and voting record.

But after calling, and e-mailing and going to his house, Mitchell has still shut us out.

The only local reporter Mitchell has talked to thus far is Lagniappe reporter Gabriel Tynes.

"He was very clear. He wasn't slurring his speech or anything. I don't think that he is anything but frustrated and disenfranchised," said Tynes.

Tynes says Mitchell called him on Wednesday and had a lot to say, the conversation lasted close to an hour and a half, and he wanted to talk more about politics than racism.

"He has made specific statements that no one is listening to him anymore and maybe this was just a way for him to voice his concerns or at least call attention to himself to where some may listen," said Tynes.

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