Rush Limbaugh statue still a hot debate at Missouri Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Democrats are still fighting to prevent Rush Limbaugh from being added to the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Wednesday House Minority Leader Mike Talboy sent a letter to the Office of Administration's Division of Facilities Management , asking them to refuse to place a Limbaugh statue in the hall.

That office has control over all public space in the Capitol.

On Tuesday, Talboy sent a letter to Speaker Steven Tilley asking him to change his mind about adding Limbaugh, but the Speaker said he still plans to add Limbaugh to the hall.

Speaker Tilley already selected a sculptor to create the portrait of the radio talk show host. E. Spencer Schubert from Kansas City has accepted the commission.

Schubert released a statement Wednesday saying he was honored create the bust. "As a sculptor I decided long ago that the criteria for accepting commissions would be whether or not they are artistically interesting. I knew this would be an interesting project due to the fact that there are strong opinions on either side about Rush," wrote Schubert.

Schubert already created a bust of Buck O'Neil for the Hall of Famous Missourians, and he is creating a sculpture of Dred Scott for the Hall that should be unveiled in late April.

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Letter to Nelson: http://media2.kshb.com/pdf/LimbaughOA.pdf

News release on sculptor's statement:  http://media2.kshb.com/pdf/LimbaughPressRelease.pdf

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