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A Democrat faces mounting calls to resign from the Missouri General Assembly after leaders in his party learned that he called into a St. Louis-area radio program whose host has a reputation for racist and obscene remarks.
Rep. Bob Burns, D-Affton, was called upon to step down by House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty on Friday, after House Democrats learned Wednesday and investigated Thursday Burns’ appearances on the radio of show of Bob Romanik. Other Democratic leaders in the Missouri House joined Beatty on Saturday morning, according to a news release.
“In recent days, House Democratic leadership learned of disturbing recordings of calls by Rep. Bob Burns to a St. Louis-area radio show whose host is notorious for making racist on-air statements,” said Beatty, D-Kansas City. “While we acknowledge some of the recordings have been edited, the fact that Rep. Burns repeatedly called into this show is reprehensible given the host’s well-known racist views. As a result, House Democratic leadership has asked Rep. Burns to immediately tender his resignation as state representative. We will not tolerate this conduct from any member of the Democratic Caucus.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Romanik styles himself as “the Grim Reaper of Radio. His brashness and preponderance for crude slurs drew the attention of the Washington Post in 2017, when the newspaper reported that Romanik “bludgeons and berates his targets on air, takes pride in being hated and punctuates his rants with racial and homophobic slurs that some have labeled hate speech.”
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