TOPEKA — Representatives of immigrant advocacy groups met at the state Capitol today to deliver Internet petitions they said were supported by more than 55,000 people seeking the resignation of Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro.
Peck invoked the anger of interest groups and attracted nationwide media coverage after a comment he made in a March 14 meeting on controlling feral hogs: “Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem.”
The group of about 12 delivered the petitions to Gov. Sam Brownback and House Speaker Mike O’Neal. The petitions were the product of a “Dump Peck” Internet movement by Presente.org, a national online advocacy group that promotes the political empowerment of Latinos. The petitions demanded Peck’s immediate resignation and also asked that “those in the Kansas state and National Republican Party who do not agree with his views call for his resignation now and hold him accountable for his hateful rhetoric.”
“Rep. Peck’s words were dangerous,” said Lalo Munoz from the Latino Informational Network of Kansas. “There is no place in our Kansas State Legislature for someone who uses offensive words to endanger and create fear in our communities. Kansas is better than this.”