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Racist Facebook post prompts calls for Rushing's resignation

Racist Facebook post prompts calls for Rushing's resignation

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - The Airway Heights city council has called for Mayor Patrick Rushing to resign after he allegedly made racists comments about President Obama and the first lady on Facebook.

Facebook is an open book and like any social media site what's said online can come back to haunt you. Last week Rushing posted a comment to Facebook which read, "Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL."

His comments appalled both Airway Heights residents and leaders.

"When a figurehead makes comments such as these that sets us back and it's hard to come back from," Police Chief and acting City Manager Lee Bennett said.

Despite the backlash, and the city council calling on him to resign, Rushing is refusing to step down, and refused to comment on his actions for this story.

Bennett says there are three ways city council can handle the situation.

"The first would be to do nothing, which is unacceptable," he said.

The second is what city council members have already done, ask him to resign. However Rushing is adamant he won't resign and will work past this, so Bennett said city leaders will have to look at a third option, to write a resolution, "denouncing what was said, saying that Airway Heights city council does not subscribe to this type of behavior, has more ethics and morals than that, and then to impose sanctions."

Bennett says he feels the city has come a long way in the last decade and he hopes citizens and businesses feel they can still trust their local government.

"We've all, every employee and council member in the city of Airway Heights, has worked hard to prove that we are a city that should be reckoned with," he said.

The city attorney is in the process of drafting the resolution that will include sanctions, though what those sanctions are is unknown. Bennett says Monday's city council meeting will be very important and invited anyone to attend. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm.


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