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Kansas Legislature ends session without acting on resolution condemning Rep. Virgil Peck for comparing illegal immigrants to feral pigs

May 13, 2011

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— A resolution condemning a legislator’s comment that caused a national furor remained in committee as the Kansas Legislature adjourned its 2011 session on Friday.

Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, made headlines when during a House committee meeting in March, he compared illegal immigrants to feral hogs and said perhaps the state should shoot them from helicopters.

He later said he was joking and refused to apologize. But under pressure from Republican leaders he issued a two-sentence apology in a news release one day later.

Several national civil rights groups called on Peck to resign.

When the wrap-up session started April 27, House Democrats filed a resolution condemning his remarks.

The resolution was referred to the House rules committee where there was no hearing or action taken.

Rep. Clark Shultz, R-Lindborg, who is chairman of the committee, said the resolution was filed too late in the legislative session to work on it. He said he thought the measure should have been assigned to a special investigative committee.

When the wrap-up session started, House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, criticized Democrats over the resolution, saying that Peck had apologized and his critics should move on.

Comments

Kansass 6 years, 1 month ago

After what they just did to education and social services maybe we should all hunt our representitives down like feral hogs from helicopters. Oh, just kidding.

Kansass 6 years, 1 month ago

Yes, unless there's a double standard that only rebublicans can say things like that and write it off as a joke.

MyName 6 years, 1 month ago

Obviously you are irony impaired.

In this example take Rep. Pecks words, replace "illegal immigrants" with "idiotic internet pundits" and then note the irony as people call your statement hurtful but completely ignore the words of an elected official who is supposed to be a good example for Kansas.

TL;DR: your QQ fills the tank in my irony-mobile.

kernal 6 years, 1 month ago

"comapring"?

As the gazelles comapringed through the Veldt...

wmathews 6 years, 1 month ago

I fixed that headline. Thanks for catching it!

napoleon969 6 years, 1 month ago

Virgil PECK is a PECKerhead. Oh, just kidding!! :)

sr80 6 years, 1 month ago

sounds just like our great congress over in washington !!!!

question4u 6 years, 1 month ago

It's not as though Peck were the only despicable person in the Kansas House. He's just the poster boy because he couldn't keep his mouth shut.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

Give it up. Speaking without thinking is not a crime. It's between Mr. Peck and his constituents.

Ralph Reed 6 years, 1 month ago

True Paul, but it is gross stupidity.

I hope his constituents really consider in 2012 what he said recently, and the fact that he didn't apologize until he was told to by Brownshirt.

Tracy Rogers 6 years, 1 month ago

Actually it's between Mr. Peck and the rest of the world in today's media. And he made the State of Kansas look like idiotss with his remarks and lack of a genuine apology. The guy needs to get out of public office.

MyName 6 years, 1 month ago

The GOP is a shining example of how "Real" Americans should welcome immigrants from all nations.

Just kidding!

(ok, not really)

Wait, it was a joke people, have you no sense of humor up here in NE Kansas??

Jimo 6 years, 1 month ago

The man apologized, however grudgingly.

Critics should focus more on making contributions to his opponent in 2012 instead of demanding some holier than thou censure.

muttonchops 6 years, 1 month ago

Can't our money be better spent elsewhere? Let the votes do the talking.

1957 6 years, 1 month ago

With the session ending it is good to know this is what the JW thinks is news. Way to go throwing that red meat out to a willing readership.

pace 6 years, 1 month ago

The only real reason the wealthiest are not taxed at a fair rate is corruption. Heck the standards aren't going to be higher for rotten racists remarks, all part of the fabric.

KS 6 years, 1 month ago

You can't legislate stupidity or half of Lawrence would be locked up. Let the voters of his district decide if he should stay or not.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 6 years, 1 month ago

The state of KS already looks like idiots. His apology is adequate and the matter should be dropped. Thank you, Lynn

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 1 month ago

Peck is an embarrassment. That he made these comments while doing the official business of government is grounds for censure, and the violence and ugliness of the "joke" raise serious questions about his fitness to serve in the legislature.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 1 month ago

If I posted a "joke" on this site comparable to Peck's, it would be removed post haste.

So, the standards of the LJW comments section are higher than the Kansas legislature's.

gphawk89 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe not. I remember a comment maybe three years back - something about how "all Republicans should be killed". I don't believe that was removed, even after complaints.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 1 month ago

Convenient reminiscence, but do you have proof of this comment and its failure to be removed after complaints?

gphawk89 6 years, 1 month ago

It stayed up for several days after I complained about it. I don't remember what it was in reference to and haven't found it in a search (maybe it finally was removed). But I do remember the comment quite clearly.

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 1 month ago

They are NOT!!!! Feral pigs make better BBQ.

Actually, this is the sort of thing they ponder, rather than fix the potholes.

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