A non-apology, apology
Thursday I blogged about West University Place councilwoman Kellye Burke. Burke was charged with a Class C misdemeanor for disorderly conduct after allegedly yelling at four teenage girls Saturday night.
Four teenage girls were standing in line at Tiny’s Milk and Cookies in West University Place, a tiny municipality nestled within the Houston city limits. They were waiting to buy cookies for kids at their church. One of the teenaged-girls was wearing a Trump t-shirt that said, “Make America Great Again.”
While waiting, West U Councilwoman Kellye Burke walked up to them and screamed, “Grab em by the p*ssy girls!” They tried to laugh it off, but Burke kept on.
Again, she screamed expletives at the girls, who were then frightened. Burke then yelled “MAGA!” repeatedly while shaking her fist, according to one of the girl’s fathers, who accompanied them to the bakery.
The girls never responded and left without saying a word, one fearful this woman might hurt her.
None of them were aware Burke was a councilwoman until after the fact.
The families and the girls spoke to local news under the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
Burke was charged with a Class C misdemeanor for disorderly conduct. Burke apologized to one family. They accepted her apology.
How sorry is Burke? Read her official statement and judge for yourself:
“I have repeatedly apologized for the bad judgment I used and making the statement I did, but I do not believe repeating the words of the president of the United States is a crime.
However, I will apologize again on behalf of myself, the president of the united states and all the media outlets who repeated his words both electronically and in print.”
The Mayor of West University Place was also forced to respond:
Statement from West University Place Mayor Susan Sample. “Thank you for reaching out about the city’s position on one of its councilmember’s actions last Saturday. The reported comments definitely do not speak for the City of West University Place’s government or employees. My position as Mayor, however, does not afford me any official authority with respect to matters such as this. Neither the city council nor the Mayor has any authority to remove fellow councilmembers.
“I am glad to know that this councilmember, who was independently elected by our city voters, is taking responsibility for her own actions and has reached out to the affected families to apologize for her remarks.
“This incident is a reminder that part of our responsibility, as elected officials, is to set a good example of civil discourse for those we represent, particularly our young people. I hope that my Council colleagues and I will move forward in that spirit in doing the work we were elected to do.”
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