Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker, Robin Vos, says he officially asked Gov. Tony Evers in a letter to lower the state and U.S. flags in honor of radio personality and conservative commentator, Rush Limbaugh, who passed away on Wednesday.
"While some individuals may only see him as a popular radio host, he was a pioneer in talk radio, a best-selling author and a commentator who inspired generations to become active in politics," Speaker Vos writes in his letter to the governor.
"I invite you to join our country in sending condolences to Rush Limbaugh's family and friends by lowering the flags to half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations across the Badger State in his honor. It would be a show of respect and bipartisanship when so many in our state and nation mourn the loss of this historic figure in American politics," according to Vos.
I just sent a request to the governor to lower the state and U.S. flags in honor of Rush Limbaugh. He will be missed. No doubt he has made a lasting impact on American politics and conservatism. pic.twitter.com/xAfGHYnV7V— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) February 17, 2021
The proposal is being rejected by some. State Rep. Lee Snodgrass wrote on social media that "This man’s death does not merit flags at half staff."
Rush Limbaugh used to announce the names of people who died of AIDS and play celebration sounds on his radio show.— Rep. Lee Snodgrass (@RepSnodgrass) February 17, 2021
He was a radio personality who spewed hateful, harmful messaging.
This man’s death does not merit flags at half staff. https://t.co/iQuODlbOa4
Limbaugh died of complications of cancer on Wednesday, according to an announcement from his wife on his radio show. He was 70 years old.
Limbaugh had been absent from his show for the last two weeks as he received cancer treatment.
He was first diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in early 2020. On Feb. 4, 2020, one day after publicly announcing his diagnosis, Limbaugh attended the State of the Union, where then-President Donald Trump awarded the radio host the Medal of Freedom.