Southeast Kansas delegation denounces racist comment

March 15, 2011

TOPEKA - Yesterday in the Kansas House Appropriations Committee, during a discussion of methods used to exterminate feral swine (which include shooting them from a helicopter), Rep. Virgil Peck (R- Tyro) suggested that Kansas use the same approach as a solution to our state’s immigration problems.

“It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem,” said Peck.

Peck was approached by Statehouse press after the committee meeting. He was unapologetic and said he was “just joking.”

His remark has garnered outrage in media outlets across the country.

"I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person," Peck said to the Lawrence Journal Word.  

Peck’s defense of his statement angered local legislators as much as the comment itself.

“As a lifelong ‘southeast Kansas person,’ I was completely offended by Rep. Peck’s inappropriate comments,” said Bob Grant (D-Cherokee). “With our rich coal mining history, Southeast Kansas is the melting pot of our state. I have no intention of letting Rep. Peck brand me with his own extremist views just because I live in the same region.”

In response, southeast Kansas legislators signed a statement denouncing Peck’s behavior.

“We want to make it absolutely clear to the people of Southeast Kansas that we absolutely do not share Rep. Peck’s point of view,” said Rep. Doug Gatewood (D-Columbus). 

Southeast Kansas statement can be viewed here.

 

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