Green Bay Politician Under Fire For Anonymous Radio Remarks
December 9, 2005 at 7:51 AM (PT)
A caller who made racially controversial comments on a WTAQ-A/GREEN BAY talk show turns out, if an audio analysis is accurate, to be an embattled GREEN BAY City Councilman, who denies the allegation.
A caller calling himself "DON" called in to JERRY BADER's show on NOVEMBER 2 and said that minorities are "committing the crimes and they are doing these things, and I'll tell you what, it's about time we start cracking down on these people. If he's got his pants hanging down to his knees, like most of these young black youth have, I'm gonna call the police. I have and I will.... The jail is 90% full of minorities. Being a racist may be a smart thing to protect your property in this city. Until the people start changing, until the people start doing the things they need to do to bring around their people, you are not stupid for being a racist, you're smart and you're looking out for your property."
The station had the call tape analyzed by a forensic audiologist who matched the sound to EARL VAN DEN HEUVEL's voice. BADER is calling for VAN DEN HEUVEL's resignation, as is Mayor JIM SCHMITT; the councilman denies posing as "DON" and calling in to the station. VAN DEN HEUVEL recently became embroiled in controversy for calling a local resident a profanity for disagreeing with the councilman on a proposed downtown boardwalk, and VAN DEN HEUVEL later apologized.