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Huppenthal apologizes after posting anonymous blog comments

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The man who oversees Arizona schools says he is sorry. John Huppenthal broke down in tears, apologizing for posting anonymous blog comments he says were hurtful.

Those comments were targeted at poor people and minorities. Despite being apologetic, he has no plans of resigning.

In two of the most controversial comments he says, "Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps, air conditioning, free health care, and flat screen TV's, typical of "Poor" families," and "We have a lot fewer Caucasians working now that Hispanics have left. But crime is lower, there is no money and no one is stealing it,."

"My blog comments were hurtful, I'm here today because of those hurtful blog comments, I'm here today to repudiate those blog comments, I'm here to renounce those blog comments, they're not what is in my mind; they don't reflect the love that is in my heart," said Huppenthal.

John Huppenthal refuses to resign after he posted controversial comments on a political blog. He says he is sorry but had trouble explaining why he wrote all of those anonymous posts.

"So the question is if that wasn't in my heart, why did I make those statements? The things that I have a passion and belief about is opportunity, and there is sometimes a conflict between opportunity and making things easy for people," he said.

Huppenthal took questions for about half an hour, mainly trying to tout his accomplishments before breaking down. He spoke out as community leaders, and former State Superintendent Lisa Graham Keegan called for his resignation.

"When you say disdain, full things about entire classes of children, you break faith with the people who work with you, entire people who work with you, that's why I said to John, not I want you to resign to make me happy, but John, I think you have to resign because now nobody will work with you," she said.

Huppenthal is also running for re-election, he said he plans to continue his re-election campaign.

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