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

(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.)

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.
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)
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