NOW Organizes ‘Flush Rush’ Campaign To Protest Limbaugh Statue
JEFFERSON CITY (KMOX) — The Missouri chapter of the National Organization for Women has come up with a way to let their local government know that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is not the kind of person they want immortalized.
They will be sending hundreds of rolls of toilet paper to House Speaker Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, as part of a rebirth of the “Flush Rush” campaign.
Missouri NOW Vice President Claire Major said that the organization had orchestrated a “Flush Rush” campaign of its own on a nationwide level in the 1990s.
“We’re still flushing [today], still trying to get our voices heard that this bigot and misogynist is not good for us,” she told KMOX.
“We’re upset that our state government has chosen to recognize Rush Limbaugh alongside [other famous Missourian],” Jamie Tomek, Missouri NOW president, added to CBS St. Louis. “This is our attempt to try to get this stopped.”
So the state chapter decided to carry the torch of the original campaign, using it this time to express their frustrations with any lauding of Limbaugh after his comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.
Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” after she testified before a House committee that religious-based institutions should cover contraception in its health insurance.
Tonight, people are invited to bring rolls of toilet paper to the Missouri state capitol building, where they will go directly to Tilley’s office and leave the paper.
Tomek said they have at least 400 rolls ready for distribution.
“If he’s there, we’ll see if he’s interested in taking the toilet paper,” Major said. “If not, we’ll just leave it at his door.”
If Tilley still elects to have the private-funded statue commissioned, it would sit with the likenesses of other famous Missouri residents such as Walt Disney, Mark Twain and Harry Truman.