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Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate's staffer resigns after old inflammatory tweets surface: report

Fox News 2018-08-11 01:54:11

A campaign staffer for David Garcia, the Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate seen here, has resigned after old tweets surfaced.  (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

The leading Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona has reportedly accepted the resignation of a campaign staffer after a conservative blog uncovered some inflammatory tweets.

Xenia Orona was the digital director for gubernatorial hopeful David Garcia. However, after her past tweets surfaced – some from several years ago – the campaign accepted her resignation, KPNX-TV reporter Brahm Resnik confirmed Thursday night.

JUST IN Democratic candidate for governor David Garcia's spox tells me campaign's digital director "offered her resignation and the campaign has accepted it." Says campaign learned about tweets from @PJMedia_com story. #AZGOV https://t.co/m2AUdT7k1c

— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) August 10, 2018

In November 2012, on Election Day, Orona reportedly tweeted, “An open letter to Arizona: F--- you,” according to a screenshot published by PJ Media. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama in Arizona in 2012 with more than 54 percent of the vote.

In another tweet, Orona appeared to call the U.S. a “s---hole country.”

“I am a business owner and a creative. I am a college graduate, the first of many in my family. I am involved in multiple campaigns to make Arizona a better place,” she said. “I am from 5 generations of border crossers between this [s---hole] country and la Madre Tierra of Mexico.”

In January, President Trump was accused of describing African nations as “s---hole countries.” Orona’s tweet was published on Jan. 12, according to PJ Media’s screenshot.

Additionally, she called for the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – a growing call among progressive Democrats – and said “law and order is the smokescreen that bigots hide their hate behind,” according to PJ Media.

Orona’s Twitter account has been made private.

Garcia’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News. Resnik said the campaign learned about the tweets from PJ Media's posts. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.