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Statehouse Live: Democrats say Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck should resign over immigration comments

State Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, said Friday, March 18, that comments made Monday by state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, comparing illegal immigrants to feral hogs were wrong, but that he accepts his apology.

March 18, 2011, 10:24 a.m. Updated March 18, 2011, 5:15 p.m.

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— Democratic legislative leaders on Friday called for the resignation of Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, for his distasteful comments about immigrants.

“He has betrayed the trust of his constituency and those he serves with,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.

On Monday, Peck said perhaps the state should use gunmen in helicopters to control illegal immigration, as it does for feral swine. He later said he was joking.

He initially declined to apologize, but, under pressure from Republican leaders, Peck issued a two-sentence apology on Tuesday, saying his statements were “regrettable.”

Davis said the apology was insincere.

Rep. Louis Ruiz, D-Kansas City, Kan., said Peck’s remarks “cut like a dagger” to himself, his family and the Latino community.

Ruiz said Peck should at least be censured by the House because Ruiz said he didn’t believe Peck would resign.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, should ask for Peck’s resignation. Hensley said that in his 35 years in the Legislature, Peck’s comment was “the most disrespectful display I’ve ever seen.”

Earlier this week, O’Neal and other House Republican leaders issued a statement saying Peck has expressed sorrow and promised to more respectful in his discourse. “Representative Peck is a valuable member of this body and both understands and accepts his responsibilities,” the statement said.

On Friday, O’Neal declined to comment further on the Peck issue, saying it was a “personnel matter.”

Peck’s controversial comment came up during a discussion in the House Appropriations Committee about state spending for controlling feral swine.

Peck said the state might consider controlling illegal immigration the same way it uses helicopters and gunmen to shoot and kill wild pigs.

“It looks like to me that if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem,” he said.

Asked about his comment on Monday, Peck was unapologetic. “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,” he said.

Several national civil rights groups have called for Peck’s resignation. Peck has said he won’t resign.

On Thursday, Peck made a brief on-camera apology for CNN. Three Republican Hispanic representatives stood by his side during his statement.

Rep. Mario Goico, R-Wichita, was one of those. Goico told the Lawrence Journal-World, “Any time that you compare a human being to an animal or you talk about killing somebody, it’s outrageous. I think Representative Peck made a mistake. He apologized to me.”

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, which is under the governor’s office, denounced Peck’s remarks and asked Peck to “make a concerted effort to connect with the Hispanic community in Kansas.”

Comments

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 1 month ago

If I am not mistaken, Peck made his "murder the illegal immigrants by shooting them from helicopters" comment during an official legislative committee meeting, on the record. This was not an idle, offhand comment back home in his district to the Tyro weekly shopper.

For his reckless comment and his belittling of the legislature, he should resign.

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pace 3 years, 1 month ago

I can't tell, are they going to shoot the feral hogs? If Mr. Peck was working, his mind should of been on the feral hogs, that is a tricky question. Ask the landowners affected. Is Peck unable to do his job because of his obsessions. I could think of some jokes that would actually been on point and funny, hogs are funny, shooting people not so much. Maybe the republicans can come up with a solution on feral hogs but not if they aren't thinking about the problem, just emoting about their private fantasies. Some hunter are praying they will get to hunt them , some of the same fools that let them loose there in the first place.

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catt11daddy 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Peck, you have my vote, at least your honest about a situation that is draining this country as soft hearted liberals and business sit by. The Selling of America by soft hearted liberals, who are greedy. Greed , is killing this country while Americans sit back and look, we have illegals protesting in the streets, the American tax payer who is being shut out from jobs is paying 88 billion a year to host criminals, we are scared, to enforce our laws. The demise of a country starts with its laws, illegal is illegal, history will show this is the turning point in America's demise, its inablity to control immigration and boarders

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 1 month ago

All I know is the statement he made about murdering human beings by shooting them from helicopters.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 1 month ago

Peck should resign. He was suggesting homicide be used to stop illegal immigration. He said this while performing his duties as an elected official.

Repeat: an elected member of the Kansas legislature suggested using murder as a way to control illegal immigration.

Lawrence O'Donnell was trying to square this murderous suggestion with Peck's staunch pro-life stance. He mused that if the "feral pig" is pregnant, make sure to aim for the head.

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

I did a little research and found that Ferrel Hogg is indeed a cousin.

I would never ever use my IQ written in spanish as my user name either.

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ochocinco 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree what Peck said was offensive. Feral pigs are in no way comparable to illegal aliens. Pigs are generally more intelligent, better smelling, and contribute more to the economy than the typical illegal Mexican.

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Agnostick 3 years, 1 month ago

All opinions are worth considering, but the ones that really count are those of the voters in Peck's district, as jhawkinsf mentioned above. If they don't call for his resignation, or ask for a recall, then maybe Peck was right. Maybe he was "just speaking like a southeast Kansas person."

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

The comments were made in very poor taste. That said, I'm not sure the proper solution is to invalidate an election. The people of his district have that remedy available to them, should they choose it. It's called a recall. If that's what his constituents want, let them call for it.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 1 month ago

The Democrats just made themselves look bad AGAIN because this is nothing but politics.

....and the American people are very tired of politics.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 1 month ago

Alright! What is this story #4 on this subject? Let's shoot for 5!

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calvin 3 years, 1 month ago

I in no way condone what Rep. Peck said because is is quite racist, but I don't understand Rep. Ruiz said this cut him like a dagger. Is Rep Ruiz an illegal immigrant? If not than I am confused.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

For the foreseeable future, Democrats will get wildly indignant about nearly everything.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

on a related note, in missouri This week, Rep. Don Wells went on the record comparing Sharia Law -- or Islamic Law -- as a threat to the U.S. on the same level as the polio epidemics that atrophied limbs and put people into iron lungs

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kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

Asking for Peck's resignation doesn't mean squat, until some Republican(s) ask for it.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

the jerk made a stupid, crude off color tasteless joke but the westboro church seems to be able to do anything they want i suspect he will not be re elected if what he did was so foul

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