Pa. lawmakers say West York mayor should resign over Facebook posts

West York Mayor Charles Wasko
West York Mayor Charles Wasko

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of state lawmakers is calling for the resignation of West York’s mayor.

West York’s council is expected to ask Mayor Charles Wasko to step down at its meeting Monday night. Wasko made several controversial posts on his Facebook page, including a photo of orangutans in a wheelbarrow with the caption “Moving day at the White House has finally arrived.”

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus announced Monday that it is looking for action against Wasko.

“We are currently discussing all our options with legal experts as to the best way to proceed in holding the mayor accountable for his hateful postings,” caucus chairwoman Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) said in a statement.

Wasko told ABC27 News the controversy is a smokescreen to cover up what’s “really going on” with the council.

“The racist stuff, yeah I’ll admit I did that, and I don’t care what people label me as,” he told ABC27 on Friday, “but I will bring everything out and there will be more resignations than mine, believe me.”

Rep. Kevin Schreiber (D-York) who represents West York as part of his district, said it’s “hard to believe York has made national attention for such disgusting reasons.”

“It’s not representative of West York or York County. It only hurts and impedes our ability to succeed as a region and as a diverse community. It is the legacy of angry, bigoted speech and rhetoric that is so quickly and casually spewed and circulated today,” Schreiber said in a statement.

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