Wash. Mayor Under Fire for 'Glenn Beck Day'

Critics slam decision to offer controversial pundit key to the city
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2009 5:23 PM CDT
HUNTINGTON, WV - MAY 24: Radio talk show host Glenn Beck gestures to the crowd at the Rally for America event at Marshall University Stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The mayor of Mount Vernon, Wash., has taken a stand on the controversy over Glenn Beck calling President Obama a “racist.” He plans to give the Fox News lightning rod a key to the city and proclaim Sept. 26 “Glenn Beck Day,” the Seattle Times reports. Mayor Bud Norris says the event is about honoring a “native son,” not about agreeing with him.

“This isn't about his political views. It's about recognizing someone who has a history with our city,” says Norris. “I think he's a person who's gained a level in his profession of national recognition and notoriety.” As to whether he agrees with the “racist” claim? “That's not something that I would have said, but he's entitled to his opinion,” Norris replies.