Keller Not Satisfied with Thompson’s Apology for Derogatory Comment about Perry County

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A sign shows how some Perry County residents feel about Mayor Thompson’s remarks Wednesday

State Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin) today issued the following statement in reaction to Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s apology for the derogatory comment she made Wednesday in reference to Perry County and its residents.

“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.

“The mayor was out of line and I took personal offense to what she said. The negative reaction from Perry County residents who contacted me or my office has been overwhelming, and I called on the mayor to apologize immediately. However, the apology should not come through her spokesman. It should come from the mayor herself, just like yesterday’s ridiculous comment.

Linda Thompson

“This is not the first occasion the mayor 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.

“Elected officials in the midstate should be working together to move our region forward. This kind of off-the-cuff remark damages the positive relationships needed to achieve that common goal.”

During a city hall news conference she held Wednesday about illegal trash dumping, Thompson said, “We’re not opening up our flood gates for some scumbag that comes from Perry County who got the money and pocketed it and comes here and wants to dump for free.”

Thompson’s apology was released Thursday morning by her spokesman:

“The mayor’s reference specifically to illegal dumpers from Perry County has been distorted out of context. Obviously the mayor was not referring to the citizens of Perry County. 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. The mayor apologizes to the good citizens of Perry County for any negative connotation implied in her comments on fighting blight in the city.”


    • Jack

      Joe – You are a despicable person. Judging people by the color of their skin reveals a hateful, ignorant and shallow person. If you don't like Thompson's remarks or politics – fine. What the hell does race have to do with the issue? If you hate blacks then you hate the God who made them and you. Good luck with that attitude!

  • Jackie Wilson

    Joe is a racist, and the very word he used could give credence to the mayor's attitude towards those in other jurisdictions. Thank goodness we don't label people as a group, and look at them as individuals. One thing though, I saw Rep Keller seems to be insulted for his constituents, but in 2000 he called some of them Damn Hillbillies, and they live in a small little swamp town. We all have a right to our opinion, free speech good and bad. I just wish we would show this passion for getting the corruption out of this state.

  • Kwitcher Bitchen

    Shawn, you've shown all of us on here just how unedumacated you are. Your inability to comprehend context is evident, making you look as stoopid as some people presume people from Perry County to be. Thanks to you we are now all dumber, and I dont think anyone will be thanking you for contributing your ignorance to the discussion.

  • Just Some Guy

    From everything I have heard and read about this woman over the past few years, I honestly believe that when she said "Perry County" that she was speaking about a certain type of person, not necessarily all people from Perry County. I think she's referencing "good 'ole boys". Not rednecks or hillbillies, but people that hunt, fish, spend time in the country or just don't go to large cities to spend their time and money. People you find in Cumberland, York and Lancaster Counties as well. She only cares about 2 types of people; the poor, black, disenfranchised voters that have put and kept her in office and the high end folks, who live on the waterfront, spend a ton of money in the city and a lot of their time on 2nd Street (who will never be confused for Perry County Scumbags). This is a very easy way for her to categorize a large group of people in a very convenient way and I believe she chose her words very carefully. But hey, that’s just my interpretation.

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