Petition to Remove Limbaugh Bust From State Capitol Gains Steam

Friday, 12 Jul 2013 02:07 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Liberals are making a new move to kick a bronze bust of radio titan Rush Limbaugh from his home state capitol.

Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians just a year ago, but his presence sits badly with those who oppose his conservative views.

Now a petition signed by fewer than 6,000 people — less than 0.1 percent of the Show Me State's population — is urging Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the Republican-controlled Legislature to "flush Rush."

The petition is posted on the leftist website Change.org.

"We need to remove a man's image who makes it his priority to demean women, people of color, immigrants, the working class, and the LGBT community," the petition reads. "He is not a positive example for Missouri."

Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in May 2012 shortly after he generated controversy by calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" for advocating on behalf of affordable contraception coverage.

The petition was started by Heather Woodside, who told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "As a Missourian, I am appalled that we made and placed a bust of him in our state Capitol. He does not represent Missourians."

Limbaugh was born in 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he got his first job in radio as a teenager. He left the state in 1972 to further his radio career.

Other Missourians whose busts have been placed in the Capitol hall in Jefferson City include Mark Twain, Harry Truman, and Scott Joplin.



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