TOPEKA – In response to growing criticism from across the country, today the leadership team of the House Democratic Caucus officially called for the resignation of Rep. Virgil Peck (R-Tyro).

“Rep. Peck’s comments were disgraceful and morally reprehensible,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence).  “His words have brought shame upon this respected institution and the State of Kansas. Resignation is simply the only appropriate recourse.” 

Peck made headlines on Monday when, during an appropriations committee meeting, he suggested shooting immigrants from helicopters in the same manner that is used to exterminate the state's feral hog population.  This has garnered national and international criticism.  After urging from Republican Party leadership, Peck issued an insincere, one-line apology on Tuesday, saying his statements were “regrettable.” 

“To say that these comments are simply “regrettable” in a one sentence statement does not come close to displaying the remorse that is necessary to remedy this wrong,” said Rep. Louis Ruiz (D-Kansas City).  “Rep. Peck has degraded this body and deeply insulted the Hispanic community. Apology not accepted.” 

“It is clear that Rep. Peck has no comprehension of the severity his conduct,” said Davis.  “Elected officials must be held to a higher standard.  Those who cannot express themselves in a respectful manner or understand the consequences of their actions have no place in the Kansas Legislature.” 

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