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Long Island's Online Posse Includes Chuck Schumer

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 1 2011

Minor uproar over a joke by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about Long Island played out on Twitter yesterday. On the Senate floor, McCain, referring to a Supreme Court case, commented, "Isn't it true that Justice O'Connor was specifically referring to a case for a person captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part -- albeit sometimes regrettably -- part of the United States of America." Almost immediately, @ChuckSchumer tweeted, "@SenJohnMcCain-- All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. #LongIsland deserves an apology."

McCain apparently got the message, ABC reported.

McCain then returned to the Senate floor and gave a perfunctory apology, suggesting that maybe Senator Schumer needed to have a better sense of humor.

"I made a joke," McCain said, "I'm sorry there's at least one of my colleagues that can't take a joke and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor."

Schumer was still somewhat miffed,tweeting,"NYers can take a joke. But if @SenJohnMcCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona."

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