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Marionville's Mayor Questioned About Beliefs

MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- Less than a week after taking office, the newly elected Marionville mayor is caught up in a controversy about his beliefs.
MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- Less than a week after taking office, the newly elected Marionville mayor is caught up in a controversy about his beliefs.

These beliefs went unnoticed beyond the local community, until attention was drawn to Marionville after the Jewish center shootings last weekend near Kansas City.

The disagreement about some of the beliefs then-candidate Dan Clevenger espoused about the Jewish faith started before the election. Now, Clevenger's past association with Frazier Glenn Cross, better known as Glenn Miller, and comments he continues to make are pulling him deeper into hot water.  Clevenger also feels he is not being portrayed accurately by the media.

A group of citizens, many of whom backed Clevenger's opponent in the recent mayoral election, are calling for Clevenger's ouster.

Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger wants to make it clear he is no longer friends with the white supremacist Miller.

"No, no, I can't be friends with somebody that murders people.  No matter what race or religion they are," Clevenger said.

And, Clevenger says he is not a white supremacist.

"I don't stereotype.  Just because some people like running those corporations that are destroying us, that doesn't mean that the rest of the race or religion or whatever is bad.  I don't stereotype," Clevenger stated.

Prior to the mayoral election, a concerned citizen wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the March 21 addition of the Aurora Advertiser.  That citizen unearthed a decade-old letter, in which Clevenger wrote, "I am a friend of Frazier Miller," and went on to say, "the Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United States work force," and, "the Jew-run government backed banking industry that turned the U.S. into the largest debtor nation."

On April 4, Clevenger responded in the Aurora Advertiser, writing that he is not a racist because he does not believe in "a doctorine that asserts the superiority of one race over all the others."  But rather wrote,
"I only pointed out the corporations responsible for destroying the United States are run by Jews.  The only group I dislike are liars and thieves.  Last time I checked, liars and thieves are not a race, but, every race has a large share of liars and thieves. "

On Monday, April 14, the day after the shootings near Kansas City,  Clevenger told a KOLR10 our reporter that while no longer a friend with Miller, they did share similiar philosophies.

"The industries that I talk about are run by Jews, that's nothing that he (Miller) understands, because he doesn't believe any of that stuff.  But that probably might have been what cause him to do that," Clevenger said.

Wednesday, at his small engine repair shop, KOLR10's Laurie Patton asked Clevenger, "Do you feel like, as mayor, if you had someone in your community who was Jewish, do you think that you could represent them fairly and treat them fairly?"

Clevenger said, "Yes, I could, no doubt about it."

When asked why he said that, Clevenger replied, "Because I wouldn't hold nothing against them."

A group of citizens, many of whom backed Clevenger's opponent in the recent mayoral election, are calling for clevenger's ouster.

Debbie Sallee said, "We plan to go to the city council or board of alderman and ask for his resignation, and we will be asking, if he doesn't resign, for the Marionville City Council to begin impeachment because we feel he has failed to do what is in the best interest of the citizens of Marionville.  No matter what his personal beliefs are, he portrayed those on his interview as the mayor of Marionville, and we are getting feedback from the community and the nation that if we elect a man like that to be our mayor of our city, that we must be like that, too, and that is very important people know that is not our city."

Clevenger said he does not advocate violence in any form.

"I've never hit a human being in my life.  I've never got angry with anybody in my life, I just don't do that sort of thing and I don't condone that sort of thing," the mayor stated.

Clevenger beat the incumbent by 30 votes in the election, where he had 55% of the votes.  The city is getting calls from all over the nation.

One friend of Clevenger's said that Clevenger's life has been threatened.  Clevenger's supporters believe the concern here is politically motivated.
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