A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson says her reference to illegal dumpers from Perry County as “scumbags” has been distorted.
A statement issued Thursday by Robert Philbin said Thompson was not referring to the citizens of Perry County when she made the remark during a news conference.
“Many of the city's workers, visitors and friends come from Perry County into the city every day, and the city has a long, positive relationship with the county,” Philbin said in the statement.
“The Mayor apologizes to the good citizens of Perry County for any negative connotation implied in her comments on fighting blight in the city,” Philbin said.
Thompson was discussing the city's recycling initiatives when she told news reporters: “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.”