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Statehouse Live: Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal blasts Democrats over Virgil Peck resolution

April 27, 2011

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Rep. Virgil Peck makes comment about using hunters in helicopters to battle illegal immigration

State Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled -- with hunters shooting from helicopters. He later said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration.

— House Speaker Mike O'Neal on Wednesday blasted Democrats who have filed a resolution condemning state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, for a comment he made about shooting undocumented immigrants.

“Representative Peck spent a few seconds uttering a comment for which he has since apologized numerous times,” said O’Neal, R-Hutchinson. “The Democrats have spent more than two months focusing on a statement that all parties, including Representative Peck, agree was inappropriate and regrettable. 

"No further time, energy or money should be wasted rehashing this event in an attempt to distract from the priorities of growing the economy, increasing jobs in Kansas and passing a responsible budget,” O'Neal said in a news release as the Legislature reconvened its session.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, however, said Peck's remarks are worthy of a vote of condemnation in the House.

“He has brought shame on the institution” of the Legislature, Davis said. Davis said Peck has not shown the proper amount of remorse for his comment.

During a House committee meeting in March, Peck compared illegal immigrants to feral hogs and said perhaps the state should shoot them from helicopters. He later said he was joking and initially refused to apologize. Under pressure from Republican leaders, he issued a two-sentence apology in a news release one day later.

Comments

Flipnlucky 3 years, 11 months ago

"He later said he was joking and initially refused to apologize"

So I’m starting to take the comedians seriously and the politicians as jokesters. whats wrong with that picture?

MattyPro12 3 years, 11 months ago

"No further time, energy or money should be wasted rehashing this event in an attempt to distract from the priorities of growing the economy, increasing jobs in Kansas and passing a responsible budget,”

But passing more and more restrictions on women and abortion, defunding the Kansas Arts Commision and passing a Voter ID law to combat non existant voter fraud are all acceptable distractions when it comes to you not creating one job or doing anything to grow the economy?

jonas_opines 3 years, 11 months ago

"No further time, energy or money should be wasted rehashing this event in an attempt to distract from the priorities of making new laws against abortion and contraception, forcing people to prove their citizenship, and disenfranchising certain voters."

Fixed that for you, Mr O'Neil.

thebigspoon 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope you aren't a plumber or carpenter 'cause I'd be really pissed if you fixed things for me like you "fixed" that statement. Your attitude is what got the Republican majority elected and what is going to be the immediate ruin of the State of Kansas in terms of quality of life. Thanks, but no, thanks.

TheStonesSuck 3 years, 11 months ago

Mike O'Neal is a joke. So is the Kansas legislature, so are the voters who keep elected these nuts, so is Kansas????? I don't want to believe it.

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

Where are the jobs Mr. O'Neal? So far you've spent all of your time making it is more difficult for people to register to vote, receive legal medical services, and for state workers - to have a decent retirement.

mloburgio 3 years, 11 months ago

"Other than telling us how to live, think, marry, pray, vote, invest, educate our children and keeping us a safe distance from swinging breasts. Republicans have done a fine job of getting government out of our personal lives..”

thebigspoon 3 years, 11 months ago

A comment from another of those who distanced themselves from Peck's bigotry when the comment came out. Hard to take you seriously when you defend him, SWK.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 11 months ago

Interesting to read the minority leader's comments when a member of his party beat up a guy protesting Sebelius' abortion policy. Here, a democrat representative struck a protester, but it was no big deal according to then-minority leader McKinney.

House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, D-Greensburg, said that as leader of the House Democratic caucus, he isn't planning any disciplinary action against Flora. And he downplayed the incident.

"What surprises me is the guy (Newman) must have been pretty abrasive because of 125 legislators, I would rank Vaughn as one of the five most calm - the five most calm people I know," he said.

McKinney said the incident was an embarrassment for Flora, but that it "looked like a situation where two grown men were a little out of line, ought to forgive each other and move on."

notanota 3 years, 11 months ago

Davis and McKinny are two different people. Do try to keep up.

WilburNether 3 years, 11 months ago

He was simply demonstrating the hypocrisy of Democrats in the Kansas House. Too bad you didn't get it.

Oh, and do try to keep up.

notanota 3 years, 11 months ago

No. He's demonstrating that two different people reacted in different ways to two different situations, and the only thing they held in common was job title.

notanota 3 years, 11 months ago

Davis and McKinny are two different people. Do try to keep up.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 11 months ago

Really? Perhaps that is why I referred to McKinney as then-minority speaker. The point was the dems didn't call for a resolution condemning the violent act of one of their own. So, I find it hypocritical that they continue with this issue.

notanota 3 years, 11 months ago

Ah, I see. I think the manager is a hypocrite, because he didn't react to a different situation the same way his predecessor did.

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

Vaughn Flora "beat up" a guy?

Kind of like Virgil Peck has apologized numerous times, right? Truth is a powerful thing, you should try it sometime.

Fred Mertz 3 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps I embellished a bit, but it still was a violent act towards a protester.

WilburNether 3 years, 11 months ago

For what Flora did, he should have been charged with assault and battery.

Truth is a powerful thing; you should try it sometime.

nomorebobsplease 3 years, 11 months ago

"Representative Peck spent a few seconds uttering a comment for which he has since apologized numerous times,” said O’Neal, R-Hutchinson." Please to tell me where/when these "numerous" aplogies were made, Mr. O'Neil? If he has sincerely (my addition) apologized numerous times (SINCERELY and NUMEROUS being the principle words here), then maybe we should accept graciously and go on.

Of course, if Mr. O'Neil is misrepresenting the facts then I call BS

question4u 3 years, 11 months ago

In Mike O'Neal's defense, he probably truly does not have a clue as to why there was anything wrong about Peck's comment. Has he ever shown any evidence of integrity, intelligence , tact or humanity before? You might as well expect the Surgeon General to advocate smoking as expect O'Neal to willingly do the ethical thing.

William Weissbeck 3 years, 11 months ago

It befits the GOP who choose to ignore climate change evidence and instead harass and intimidate college researchers, to be very consistent and just ignore facts in general. The poor, the aged and disabled are just more inconvenient truths. The growing income inequality in the US despite 30 years of trickle down is just another inconvenient truth. Just like FOX running a story that Obama didn't release an Easter Proclamation when no president has done so for 20 years. The GOP really should rename themselves the Flat Earthers. They are otherwise demeaning a perfectly noble animal in the elephant.

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 11 months ago

O'Neal's comments seem to indicate he has spent his time on jobs or the economy and not on banning Sharia law, abortion, voter ID, etc.

If he thinks that, then his comments also indicate the sky is purple in his world.

jlw53 3 years, 11 months ago

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, however, said Peck's remarks are worthy of a vote of condemnation in the House.

“He has brought shame on the institution” of the Legislature, Davis said.

Not as much shame as you bring to Lawrence on a daily basis. Your comments are unworthy of respect. You cannot say anything constructive or provide a positive way forward.. Criticism and condemnation of others is all we get from you.

Shame!

WilburNether 3 years, 11 months ago

You are absolutely right. Paul Davis has looked me in the eye and lied to me. His ethics are somewhere below zero.

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