The Latest: Mayor whose exit sought alleges ‘witch hunt’


YORK, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the small-town Pennsylvania mayor who is being asked to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page (all times local):

3 p.m.

A small-town Pennsylvania mayor who’s being asked to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page says he’s the victim of a “witch hunt.”

Pictures on West York Mayor Charles Wasko’s Facebook page showed two apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family. One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to “moving day” at the White House.

Several members of the borough council want him to step down. In a brief phone interview with The Associated Press, Wasko said he would provide more details at a later date about his witch hunt claim and then hung up.

The York Daily Record said at one point Thursday, Wasko posted on his Facebook page that he refuses to be politically correct.

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12 p.m.

The mayor of a tiny central Pennsylvania town is being asked to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family.

One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to “moving day” at the White House.

Several West York borough council members say they want to see Mayor Charles Wasko leave office.

Wasko didn’t respond to a Facebook message and wasn’t answering his home telephone Thursday. Reached by the York Daily Record, he used a vulgar term to describe what’s “going on up at the borough office.”

Wasko isn’t paid as mayor and votes only to break ties on the council. He also oversees the police department in the borough of 4,500, which is about 100 miles west of Philadelphia.

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