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Despite racist Facebook post, Pasco GOP's Bill Akins won't resign

Bill Akins, in happier times

[Brendan Fitterer | Special to the Times]

Bill Akins, in happier times

13

February

Bill Akins didn’t have a good weekend.

He made national news by getting shouted down at a congressional town hall meeting. He called his political adversaries “children.’’ They called him a liar.

Facebook cleansed his social media page after the Washington Post revealed his postings to be filled with racist and erroneous stories and memes. One compared African Americans to monkeys. Another repeated the conspiracy theory of passenger jet airlines spraying toxins.

People threatened his life.

“The good news is that I’m on your “death panel!’’ All I can suggest is that you don’t get any hangnails,’’ someone wrote on his Facebook page.

Akins, the secretary of the Pasco Republican Executive Committee, offered multple mea culpas in an interview Monday.

He is not sorry that he want to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ town hall meeting in New Port Richey Saturday morning, nor that he tried to make a point about the Independent Payment Advisory Board he characterized as a “death panel’’ in the Affordable Health Care Act.

“I’m sorry if I offended anyone’s sensibilities, but we need to sit down and act like adults and work for solutions rather than booing, jeering and catcalling,’’ he said about calling most of the 250 people in the room children.

 And the Facebook posts?

“If I offended anybody by anything that they may have read, I’m sorry, but I am entitled to my opinion just as anyone else is.’’

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[Last modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 2:40pm]

    

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