Limbaugh Furor Reaches Missouri
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley, a Republican, is pressing forward with the plan, which has been in the works since earlier this year, The New York Times reports . "By any measurement (Limbaugh) is a famous Missourian," Tilley tells the paper. "And in my part of the state we're proud of him." Tilley is from Perryville, in rural eastern Missouri.
Democrats are furious about the move, saying Limbaugh's incendiary comments, in which he called Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a "prostitute" because she spoke in favor of subsidized contraception coverage, should not be rewarded with a statue in the seat of Missouri state government. "Honoring Mr. Limbaugh in the wake of this incident would be seen as a tacit endorsement of his misogynistic attitudes," said a letter written by Missouri House Democrats, according to the News-Leader of Springfield .
But Democrats have little power to stop the installation of the statue. Tilley has "sole discretion on whom to add to the collection of several dozen bronze busts in the Capitol rotunda," The New York Times notes, adding that Limbaugh would join famous Missourians including Mark Twain, Harry S Truman, Stan Musial and Walter Cronkite.