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Through a spokesman, Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson apologized to the "good citizens of Perry County" for calling them scumbags a day earlier. The mayor has yet to personally apologize for the remark.

A state representative says he is not satisfied with Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s apology to the people of Perry County.

Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Franklin) said in a statement Thursday that Thompson was “out of line” when she referred to illegal dumpers from Perry County as “scumbags.” He said he took personal offense to what she said.

“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,” Keller said in the statement.

“The apology should not come through her spokesman. It should come from the mayor herself, just like yesterday’s ridiculous comment,” Keller said.

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

Thompson’s spokesman, Robert Philbin, issued a statement Thursday morning that said Thompson’s words were distorted out of context. He said Thompson was not referring to the citizens of Perry County when she made the remark.

Keller said that Thompson’s comments were not the first time she 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,” Keller said.

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


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson says her reference to illegal dumpers from Perry County as "scumbags" has been distorted.

A statement issued Thursday by Robert Philbin said Thompson was not referring to the citizens of Perry County when she made the remark during a news conference.

"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," Philbin said in the statement.

"The mayor apologizes to the good citizens of Perry County for any negative connotation implied in her comments on fighting blight in the city," Philbin said.

Thompson was discussing the city's recycling initiatives when she told news reporters: "We're not opening up our flood gates for, you know, some scumbag that comes from Perry County who got the money and pocketed it, and comes here and wants to dump it for free."

State Rep. Mark Keller, R-86, who represents Perry County, Thursday said he is not satisfied with Thompson’s apology.

“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,” he added. “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.”

Keller added that this is not the first time Thompson has spoken negatively about Perry County.

“She has also accused residents of dropping off their unwanted dogs in the city,” he said. “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.”

 


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

HARRISBURG - Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson is receiving backlash for a remark she made during a news conference concerning recycling initiatives in the city.

"We're not opening up our flood gates for, you know, some scumbag that comes from Perry County who got the money and pocketed it, and comes here and wants to dump it for free."

Immediately following abc27's 6 p.m. broadcast, phones began ringing and social media sites lit up with comments from midstaters who did not appreciate the mayor's statement.

"She could have just said she doesn't want anyone from other areas thinking they will get a free place to unload there trash," said one woman on Facebook. "I feel she owes the people an apology."

Others called it "unprofessional" and "devoid of class."

"For her to call us names on live TV, it upset me," Newport resident Toby Meyer said.

Perry County Representative Mark Keller contacted abc27 about the incident. He said his home phone and legislative email are "blowing up," and he feels an apology is in order.

"I take offense to that comment. It is so far out of line. It's totally ridiculous. We need to see Mayor Thompson issue some type of apology. This is totally uncalled for."

Duncannon's mayor Kraig Nace said he agrees an apology is in order.

"When you make a brazen attack like that and words that are so inappropriate and so offensive to people's homes and people's lives and people's families - it's going to be very personal," he said. "I think especially in a city with so many problems, and so many obvious problems throughout the community - you would be a little more humble and focus on the issues that are substantial."

Mayor Thompson's former spokesperson and campaign manager Bob Philbin has not yet returned a call for comment.

For more on this story, check out abc27's coverage here.

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