Limbaugh bust displayed at Missouri Capitol

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 12:20 p.m. CDT; updated 3:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 21, 2012
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh poses with a bust in his likeness during a secretive ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians on May 14 in the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The bust was displayed Monday outside the House chambers in the Capitol.

JEFFERSON CITY — The bust of radio host Rush Limbaugh is on display at the Missouri Capitol with fellow members of the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Limbaugh's bust was positioned Monday near the doors to the House chamber, across the corridor from the bust of a fellow southeastern Missourian, former Democratic Gov. Warren Hearnes.

The induction of the conservative talk show icon has prompted controversy. Limbaugh was honored during a ceremony last week at the Capitol that was open to reporters but not to the general public. House Democrats sought to prevent the bust from being displayed in the Capitol rotunda.

Several dozen people have been chosen for the Hall of Famous Missourians, generally by House speakers. Others include President Harry Truman, Walt Disney, George Washington Carver and Stan Musial.

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Kevin Gamble May 21, 2012 | 2:45 p.m.

The bust will stand as an enduring testimony to the utter incompetence and immaturity of our current legislature and its leadership.

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Shawna Sheeba May 21, 2012 | 6:24 p.m.

Where is Maya Angelou's bust? How about Stone Phillips? Laura Ingalls Wilder? Mark Twain?

Rush's inclusion to this memorial makes the whole Historical Society of Missouri look like a joke.
Yeah, he is famous. So is James Earl Ray. Let's include him too!

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frank christian May 21, 2012 | 7:32 p.m.

Above posters, learn to recognize truth and accept it when you see it, you'll be alright. If not, the miserable progressive liberal funk you so willingly provide us, will make You miserable.

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Laura Johnston May 22, 2012 | 8:22 a.m.

@Shawna: Thanks for your questions. Here's a little more info for you:
Laura Ingalls Wilder was inducted in 1993.
Mark Twain was among the very first inductees in the 1980s.
The Hall of Famous Missourians does not have any connection to the Historical Society; it is a legislative honor.
Here's a link explaining proposed changes to the selection process:

Laura Johnston, news editor

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