ROCKAWAY BEACH, Mo. – The mayor of Rockaway Beach wants one of the city’s alderman to resign due to comments the elected official made online about minorities.
Rockaway Beach alderman, Thom Borchert, says he isn’t racist and that people are reading too deep into his comments, nine of which were reported by the Branson Tri-Lakes News earlier this week.
“I would like to formally apologize for anyone I have offended with my Facebook posts,” Borchet says.
“I was merely reiterating what they were saying on Facebook,” he says, “and correcting the spelling on some of the posts.”
His comments are in response to several news articles. One says, “it’s the colored people the Mexicans on the
Another post reads, “This woman is just as stupid as most of the people of color are.”
“I seen too many negative posts and some that I agreed with on an individual basis only,” Borchert says. “I’m not racist or prejudice.”
When asked if his comments were racially charged he said, “well, probably, but I regret doing that. I just got caught up in Facebook.”
The Branson Tri-Lakes News also mentions a post that has the n-word typed above an article and another that claims a popular home improvement store is operated by homosexuals.
“I disagree. That’s racism. It really is because God created us all,” says Rockaway Beach resident, Brenda Gober.
“I strongly disbelieve that is the consensus of this town,” says fellow resident, Rick Revlind.
“I think they should have to get rid of that guy,” says resident, Joe Treasure, “shouldn’t be in any kind of public office at all.”
Rockaway Beach mayor, Don Smith, agrees that Borchert should be removed from office. Smith says he will ask the alderman to step down, otherwise, the city will begin the impeachment process.
“We don’t put up with stuff like that,” says Smith. “There’s no place for that here, for public officials to be slamming an entire race.”
“[Borchert is] a representative of the people here, he’s a representative for me,” he says, “and just won’t stand for it.”
“I do not intend to resign,” says Borchert, “except resign from Facebook.”
Smith says the issue will most likely be discussed during a special meeting that will include the city’s attorney.