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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

kernal 3 years, 9 months ago

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

Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

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

calvin 3 years, 9 months 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.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 9 months ago

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

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

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months 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.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 9 months 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.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months ago

Honestly, do you really believe he was calling for helicopters to shoot human beings or do you really believe he made a comment in poor taste? (remember, your honest response will say much about your credibility).

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months ago

So you think this was a calculated statement and you think his constituents have lower IQ's and are racists. I'm having trouble believing anyone can come to this conclusion.
I have never heard of this man before he made this terrible statement. In order for me to conclude that he is both racist and ignorant, I would have to know him much better. Do you?

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months ago

Do you think you said anything wrong when you said his constituents had a low IQ and were racists? Should you lose your job because of that statement? Should people make assumptions about your character because of your statement? "He knows exactly the IQ level and racism of his SEK base." That was your statement.
Here's to hoping you don't lose your job.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months ago

So, it's not what he said (or what you said), it's where he (or you) said it? If he made the statement "on (his) own time and personal space" it would have been acceptable? Got it.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 9 months ago

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

jhawkinsf 3 years, 9 months ago

One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the elections we hold. I would be reluctant to advocate the invalidation of an election without substantial reason. And I believe it's the residents of his district who have the most to gain or lose. Therefore, I think those of us not represented by this representative should defer to those who are represented by him. They have a recall process should they choose it. Let them decide.

jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

Sure.

But as a KS resident, it affects others, in that folks outside of KS may not make such fine distinctions about which county was involved.

catt11daddy 3 years, 9 months 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

Darrell Lea 3 years, 9 months 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."

Spelling error - should be "you're honest"

"The Selling of America by soft hearted liberals, who are greedy."

Incomplete sentence. Makes no sense.

"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."

Incorrect use of commas, run-on sentences and other grammatical errors. Try "Greed is killing this country. While Americans sit back and look, we have illegals protesting in the streets. The American taxpayer, 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"

Spelling, punctuation and grammar errors, more run on sentences. Try "The demise of a country starts with its laws. Illegal is illegal. History will show this is the turning point in America's demise. We are unable to control immigration and borders."

Actually, history may show that America's demise began with a marked decline in literacy and education among the working class.

pace 3 years, 9 months 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.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 9 months 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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