I have never been to Cairo, IL. I am certain the Cairo, IL folks that reside in the small town are not laughing at the House Speaker Steve Tilley comments which he stated were a “joke”.
“Cairo,” Tilley replied without hesitation as reporters laughed. “I’ve been there. Trust me. Cairo.”
“Have you been to Cairo?” Tilley asked a reporter, who said he had. “OK, then you know what I’m saying then.”
State Senator Gary Forby had this to say: During a time when people are being asked to evacuate their homes and leave behind their belongings, it absolutely blows my mind that that type of dialogue is being thrown around by the Missouri Speaker. Not only is it in poor taste, but it absolutely disgusting that Speaker Tilley would joke about putting the lives of Cairo residents at risk by choosing farmland over a community.
The Obama administration ordered the army to blow up a levee and flood 130,000 acres of prime farmland and over one hundred mostly white owned homes.
In 1920, Cairo, IL was a mostly white town of 15,000. In the 60′s there was race riots and attacks on white people. Whites began fleeing. In 2000, it was down to 3,632 and two thirds black. Today it is down to 2,831 people and mostly black. The majority of the residents are on welfare.
130,000 acres of the best farmland in the nation has been flooded.
Of course an apology was immediately issued for the offhanded comments. House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, apologizes for his “WTF” remarks he made about Cairo, IL being flooded.
“I was asked a question about blowing up a dam in Missouri and the negative consequences that happened to Missouri,” Tilley said. “As the speaker of the House, (I believe) my first responsibility is to Missourians. And in my effort to defend them, I went on to say some pretty insensitive and inappropriate remarks about Cairo.”
“I want to apologize for them,” he added. “And I think politicians who say something stupid or say something incorrect should admit that they said something dumb … I certainly wish no ill will to Cairo. I will continue to fight for the people of southeast Missouri and the residents there. But it shouldn’t have led to any inappropriate comments from me about Cairo and for that I regret it.”
Tilley said he’s received 20 to 30 e-mails about the comments.
“If you look at it, I said it in kind of a joking way,” Tilley said. “But it’s not a joking matter when you’re talking about the livelihoods of a community.”