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Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Rep, Calls Arizona "Racist Wasteland" After Cardinals Win

Joe Fitzgibbon, a Washington state lawmaker, called Arizona a "desert racist wasteland" after becoming upset at the Cardinals' win on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks.

"Losing a football game sucks," tweeted the 20-something at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. "Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot."

Fitzgibbon, a Democrat, has managed to tick off a lot of Arizonans. But not everyone's upset, judging by Facebook comments we saw this morning like, "We resemble that remark!" and "If the shoe fits!"

Fitzgibbon represents West Seattle and Vashon Island. He's a boy wonder who graduated from college at 20 and, according to an article we read about him, shows "maturity way beyond his years." Which may be true -- except for the tweets he regrets publishing.

After realizing his comment had caused a firestorm, Fitzgibbons suffered a spinal collapse and deleted it. He then put out a non-apology with a second tweet, stating, "Upset re hawks loss, and failure of smart immigration reform--shouldn't have conflated the 2 though. Happy holidays, better for both in '14."

Click here for his contact page if you want to send him a Christmas card.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.