JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Republican lawmakers gathered in a closed-door ceremony to induct conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians Monday, but it remains unclear whether a bronze bust of the Cape Girardeau native will be displayed alongside other inductees in the state Capitol.
Democrats have questioned whether House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, has the authority to decide which items are placed in the rotunda. None of Tilley's previous inductees have been challenged, but Limbaugh's induction has been a point of contention for several weeks due to his often-controversial remarks.
During the induction ceremony, Tilley praised Limbaugh as the "voice of conservative America for more than a decade."
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he considers Limbaugh to be among the "pantheon of Republican heroes" alongside President Ronald Reagan.
"Rush's success demonstrated a nationwide market not previously catered to," he said.
Limbaugh, speaking from the House chamber dais, credited his family for the honor.
"This is something I never, ever considered would happen to me," he said.