A state representative says he is not satisfied with Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson's apology to the people of Perry County.
Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin) said in a statement Thursday that Thompson was “out of line” when she referred to illegal dumpers from Perry County as “scumbags.” He said he took personal offense to what she said.
“I give Mayor Thompson credit for issuing a quick apology regarding
her outrageous comment about Perry County and the wonderful folks who
live here, but I am not satisfied with how it was done,” Keller said in the statement.
“The apology should not come through her spokesman. It should come from
the mayor herself, just like yesterday's ridiculous comment,” Keller said.
During a news conference Thompson held Wednesday about illegal
trash dumping, Thompson said, “We're not opening up our flood gates for, you know, some scumbag that
comes from Perry County who got the money and pocketed it, and comes
here and wants to dump it for free.”
Thompson's spokesman, Robert Philbin, issued a statement Thursday morning that said Thompson's words were distorted out of context. He said Thompson was not
referring to the citizens of Perry County when she made the remark.
Keller said that Thompson's comments were not the first time she has spoken negatively about Perry County.
“She has also accused residents of dropping off their unwanted dogs in the city. I chose to hold my tongue in that instance, but this time she went too far,” Keller said.
“Elected officials in the midstate should be working together to move our region forward,” he said. “This kind of off-the-cuff remark damages the positive relationships needed to achieve that common goal.”