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Oddo Apologizes For Curse-Word Laden Tirade

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City Council Minority Leader James Oddo's tirade against a comedian has been made available on the web, and is getting mixed opinions from his Staten Island constituents.

The city's top Republican was set up by a Norwegian comedy show, using the same interviewing style as Ali G.

Oddo blew up at the interviewer after being asked racially and sexually charged questions about presidential candidates.

“Why the f* do you have me in with these f*ing people?” Oddo says on the tape. “Throw these f*ing people out of my office. Well get the f* outta here, get the f* out of my office, get out of my office what is this nonsense. Get the f* outta here!”

The councilman said he believed a serious news interview was being conducted. He says he's sorry for the tirade.

“My language was inappropriate, I'm apologetic for it, I regret it,” said Oddo. “I don't regret the sentiment. In fact, I think that people across the country will see that I reacted the same way any Staten Islander walking down Hylan Boulevard would have reacted.”

But Islanders are mixed on the topic.

"It's unprofessional for a man of his stature,” said one Staten Islander.

“I would have released all my feelings, too, at the time, and unfortunately if a little curse word came in maybe it hit the nail on the head that he wasn't enjoying what they were doing?” added another.

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