Limbaugh Bust Headed to Missouri Hall of Fame
House Speaker Steve Tilley sticking to his guns, despite protests
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 12:46 PM CST
Rush Limbaugh during the Els for Autism Pro-Am on the Champions Course at the PGA National Golf Club on March 15, 2010 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Talk about awkward timing: Rush Limbaugh, who was born in Missouri, will be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians later this year. That means he'll have his very own bronze bust in the Missouri Capitol, alongside fellow Missourians Mark Twain and Walter Cronkite. With all the controversy over Limbaugh's recent Sandra Fluke comments, many are unhappy with the decision, which was made by House Speaker Steve Tilley; the Speaker's Annual Golf Classic pays for the sculptures.

"If you look at the folks that are honored with a sculpture in the Capitol, Mr. Limbaugh doesn’t seem to fit," says a Democratic state representative. A liberal organization started a protest petition drive, but Tilley has no plans to reverse his decision, the Kansas City Star reports. "No one can deny the fact that (Rush Limbaugh) would qualify as a famous Missourian," says the Republican. "It’s not the ‘Hall of Universally Loved Missourians.' It’s the Hall of Famous Missourians." (Jezebel offers a pretty scathing take on the move.)

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plain_speaking
Mar 9, 2012 4:41 PM CST
Oh MO...so sad for you...isn't there someone more deserving....someone with a positive contribution? Someone...anyone...surely you don't need to scrape the bottom of the barrel...
Antone123
Mar 7, 2012 6:59 AM CST
Missouri, don't make this mistake. This decision will contaminate your hall of fame. Give them hell Harry will be spinning in his grave.
Tology
Mar 7, 2012 4:33 AM CST
What are they going to do with the rest of the body?