Dan Clevenger, mayor of Marionville, Mo., is likely regretting recent remarks.
Clevenger, 73, said he "kind of agreed" with some of the beliefs of Frazier Glenn Cross, the 73-year-old accused of killing three people outside of a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday.
Cross used to live in Marionville. In an interview with KSPR, Clevenger said Cross - who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller - was "[v]ery fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him."
"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people, you know, he respected his elders greatly. As long as they were the same color as him," Clevenger said. "Kind of agreed with him on some things but, I don't like to express that too much," Clevenger told KSPR.
But Clevenger's fellow Marionville residents aren't too happy with his defense of the shooting suspect at the Kansas Jewish community center.
In fact, he's facing possible impeachment over his relationship with Cross, the white supremacist and alleged JCC shooter, TPM reports.
Marionville resident Debbie Sallee told television station KOLR that she and others intend to go before the city council or board of alderman and ask for the resignation of Clevenger, who was elected as mayor just last week.
If he doesn't resign, Sallee said they'll call for impeachment. TPM adds:
Voters were questioning the mayor's worldview even before the April 8 election. A month ago, a resident drew attention to a letter to the editor Clevenger sent to a local newspaper nearly a decade ago.
In the letter, Clevenger described himself as 'a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings.' He also decried the 'Jew-run medical industry' and the 'Jew-run government backed banking industry.'
Clevenger tried to defend himself in a letter sent to the Aurora (Mo.) Advertiser days before Marionville's election.
He denied that he was racist, writing that he 'only pointed out the corporations responsible for destroying the United States are run by Jews.'