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September 10, 2007

National Female Breast Appreciation Day Email Lands Mayor In Trouble [Nice Deb]

Tonganoxie, Kansas Mayor Mike Vestal only did what most guys do when they receive a risqué email. He passed it on to some friends.

The contents of the email, you ask?

Well, it starts out, "Next Monday is National Female Breast Appreciation Day." It then shows a picture of a topless woman. Under the photo are the words, "Beats the (bleep) out of Martin Luther King Day! Doesn't It?"

Unfortunately, one of the 'friends' on his email list was a 6News reporter, which led to the story getting published in the Lawrence Journal-World.

Despite the attempt to turn this into a political firestorm for the Mayor, who offered to resign if people asked him to, reactions have been supportive of the Mayor.

Tonganoxie City Councilman Steve Gumm said he has had a good working relationship with Vestal since the mayor took office in May.

“He’s done a good job since he’s started; obviously there’s a learning curve for everyone when you get started,” he said. “He’s enthusiastic. Obviously he wanted to be mayor; he appears to take it seriously. From what I see, he tries to do a good job for the city.”

“It’s no big deal; (at the same time) it is a big deal and it was in poor taste,” Shilling said. “And that’s just an off-color joke. I can’t say it was pornographic.

And comments like this at the Journal World:

“I know Mr. Vestal … I think he is an upstanding individual who deserves a lot of respect. He has overcome many obstacles in his life. He always greets you with a smile and treats you like you are a very very important person. He has a lot of great plans and things that he wants to accomplish while in office for the town of Tonganoxie. It would be a great loss to loose him over this stupid ordeal.”

Vestal added that he even received a request from former Mayor Dave Taylor.

“Mayor Taylor said do not resign,” Vestal said.

The Mayor apologized in a written statement, for any offense that might have been taken, and insisted that he is not racist.

I have not seen a mention of the Mayor's party affiliation.

49ABC News coverage of this story, here.

Get a load of Mike Vestal.

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