City council member defends racist remarks despite calls for resignation
A Texas-based city council member is standing by racist remarks made public during a taped conversation in a parking lot despite calls for her resignation.
La Marque City Council member Connie Trube’s comments were made public Monday evening.
“If you’re heard on tape making disparaging remarks, I’m just saying, it’s time that you resign,” said resident Geraldine Sam. Other residents voiced their concerns over whether the city could move forward while Trube remains a council member.
Local 2 Investigates obtained a copy of an audio recording of a parking lot conversation between Trube and the husband of a political adversary. On the recording, Trube is heard expressing her thoughts regarding the troubled financial and academic state of La Marque Independent School District.
“It’s not going to get any better until you get those blacks off the school board,” Trube is heard stating on the recording. “She really turned black. She got on the school board with the rest of the blacks and they all just ganged up and that’s why the school system has gone to hell.”
Trube told Local 2 that she stands by her remarks. “What is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion and I don’t back down from that,” said Trube. “I never denied what was on the tape.”
The city council has hired an outside firm to investigate the subject, which tax payers are funding. It is expected to be complete by June 30. Findings will be handed over to the Department of Justice for review.
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