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Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, apologized Monday for a tweet that critics said carried racial overtones. (Forum Communications file photo)

Minnesota lawmaker issues apology following Twitter flap

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ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota lawmaker who issued a tweet many called racist has apologized.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, posted a tweet Sunday night saying: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/possible exception of increase in streetcrime."


The tweet drew immediate criticism such as: "The racial and racist undertones in this comment is beyond alarming."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.