Despite the uproar against conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh for his choice of words last week when referring to a 30-year-old contraception advocate, the Missouri State Capitol will be honoring Limbaugh with a bust of his likeness in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
E. Spencher Schubert, a Kansas City, Mo. sculptor, announced on his website in mid-February that he was working on a bust of Missouri-native Limbaugh for the Hall.
On Monday afternoon, Republican Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley confirmed that Limbaugh — along with Dred Scott — will have his bust placed in the Missouri State Capitol, the Southeast Missourian reported.
According to Tilley, the uproar over Limbaugh’s words about the contraception advocate will not prevent the talker from being in the hall of fame.
“Keep this in mind: It’s not called the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians,” Tilley said.”We’ve inducted people like John Ashcroft, Warren Hearnes and Harry Truman. They certainly had their detractors.”
In the Hall of Famous Missourians, Limbaugh will join the ranks of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain), Walter Cronkite, Sacajawea, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable and game show host Bob Barker, among others.
Without missing a beat, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s 2012 senate campaign penned and began circulating a petition to prevent Limbaugh from being inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
“No one who disrespects women in this way deserves such an honor. The State of Missouri should condemn this kind of language, not honor it,” read McCaskill’s statement.
Limbaugh has apologized for his comments.