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Limbaugh bust security costs Mo. taxpayers $1,100

Friday, May 25, 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 Monday, May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo.
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.

Clerk Adam Crumbliss said he authorized the camera after discussions with Republican legislative leaders because of concerns the sculpture of Limbaugh's head and shoulders might be vandalized.

"We recognize that there was a level of controversy around it, and we want to make sure that property is protected," Crumbliss said. "We've had lots of calls, and some calls and complaints have been a little beyond the pale."

Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians last week during a closed-door ceremony in the House chamber as police stood guard to keep out any uninvited political opponents or protesters.

After news broke in March that House Speaker Steven Tilley had selected Limbaugh for the honor, the chamber's Republican leader was sharply criticized by Democratic lawmakers, liberal activists and some women's groups. Protesters wheeled 600 rolls of toilet paper into the middle of Tilley's Capitol office encouraging him to "Flush Rush!" and delivered about 35,000 petition signatures against Limbaugh's induction.

But Tilley, who like Limbaugh is from Southeast Missouri, refused to reverse his selection.

The Rotunda in the third floor of Missouri's Capitol features dozens of statues honoring people such as President Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney and former Cardinals baseball star Stan Musial. Like the others, the Limbaugh bust was funded with private donations. It went on public display after lawmakers ended their annual session last Friday.

Although there is a general security camera in the center of the Capitol Rotunda, Limbaugh's statue is the only one with its own additional security camera.

Assistant House Minority Leader Tishaura Jones said Thursday that special security camera was both a surprise and a concern to her. She said the money could have been better spent on salaries for legislative staff.

"If they thought that the bust might be defaced or vandalized and they have to guard it with a camera, it's another indication that maybe they shouldn't have put it there," said Jones, D-St. Louis. "It's another chapter in this never-ending saga of this man who deserves no honor in the people's house."

Crumbliss said the special security camera is serving a dual purpose. He said the House has been considering installing cameras in the chamber so that it can have live broadcasts of its session. The camera pointed at the Limbaugh statue outside the chamber can serve as a pilot project to test the resolution and quality of its picture, he said.

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Should make for some fun YouTube videos...

That's pretty dang ridiculous for a security camera. Reminds me of those $400 hammers. Yeesh.

1saleaday.com has a 4 camera security system for $120 today. State gov't shoulda shopped around a bit.

-- Posted by Iceburg on Thu, May 24, 2012, at 4:19 PM

I can't believe they spent a cent on Rush Limbaugh. What a poor excuse of a human being!!

-- Posted by wolfwoman on Thu, May 24, 2012, at 5:02 PM

Maybe Speaker Tilley should pony up for the cost since he is responsible for all the mayhem. I will email Wallingford now expressing my displeasure. Maybe Wallingford could pay since he got 'goose bumps' just thinking about meeting Limbaugh.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Thu, May 24, 2012, at 5:12 PM

Now my liberal friend Howdy be nice say something positive.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, May 24, 2012, at 6:26 PM

Missouri is the laughing stock of the USA and many foreign countries now because Tilley insisted on putting the infamous bust in the capitol (behind closed doors). Spending money to protect a bust of Limbaugh makes it even more ridiculous.

-- Posted by Nettie Can on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 12:05 AM

Great to see Cape's very own honored in our Capitol!

Limbaugh built one of the largest radio networks in existence today. He is an Entertainer. It's not his political views that matter, but what he built.

Great Job, Rush!

-- Posted by UFO on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 4:55 AM

The sad thing is if it was not for compassionate, caring, open minded liberals, the camera wouldn't be necessary.

-- Posted by Right Minded on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 6:42 AM

That is exactly $1,100 more than I ever wanted to pay for "security." If his bronze bust is in jeopardy, let him take it home with with and place it on the mantle and he can watch over it himself!

-- Posted by LiberalDemocrat on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 7:47 AM

Wonder how much medicine that would have bought for a senior citizen who can't afford it? This past General Assembly was the most useless in recent memory. We could save a lot of money by giving them one month to hold a session, no trips home, just butt holes and elbows until they get the state's business done.

-- Posted by Dr. Nemo on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 8:06 AM

wrcactus, you could buy a lot more meds with the money Michelle Obama costs the tax payers for just one of her extravagant vacations.

-- Posted by Right Minded on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 12:22 PM

"Clerk Adam Crumbliss said he authorized the camera after discussions with Republican legislative leaders"

So this guy only consulted with Republican leaders. This should directly come out of his and Tilly's salary. Not one dime of any tax dollar should have been wasted on this fiasco. Rush is a clown and a disgrace to Missouri.

-- Posted by 3forone on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 1:42 PM

"let me be sure i got this right...we now have a camera pointed at rush's fat @$$ (undoubtably set at wide angle), but no cameras on the politicians making policy daily that affects us mere mortals?..."

-- Posted by tennisnut on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 4:37 PM

I agree with Right Minded.

Wish I could take a trip on govt. money.

-- Posted by dollbabies on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 5:54 PM

Republicans should be paying for republican decisions!! This is just inexcusable!! This was a waste of time and money!!!!

-- Posted by bditrapani on Sat, May 26, 2012, at 8:20 AM

I wonder if those who are raising a fuss over the $1,100 ever make a peep over waste, fraud, and abuse of Missouri public funds of much greater quantities? Like the hundreds of thousands of dollars charged to EBT cards out of state, including Hawaii? Or the quarter million dollars in emergency food stamps for flood victims taken by people unaffected by flooding? How about a $300K loan for desks for a law firm?

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Sat, May 26, 2012, at 8:27 AM

I actually agree with you bditrapani!!!

While we are at it, ONLY Democrats should pay for Obama Care. NO Republicans voted for THAT!!!

-- Posted by Right Minded on Sun, May 27, 2012, at 7:56 AM

This line of comments just shows what a bunch of closed-minded fools that liberals are.

I wonder if any of them know that one of the existing MO Hall of Fame inductees that was a rabid, "prominent pro-slavery activist and Border Ruffian leader, deeply involved with violence against abolitionists and other free-staters during the 'Bleeding Kansas' events."

Look up David Rice Atchison. Of course, he was a member of the Democratic Party, so his pro-slavery stance is just okee-dokee with you fools.

-- Posted by bebo on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 3:46 PM

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