La Marque City Council member unapologetic for racist remarks

Connie Trube recorded making disparaging comments

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

LA MARQUE, Texas - Despite an ongoing investigation and calls for her resignation, a two-term La Marque City Council member remains unfazed by the fury over her comments. Monday was the first time members of the public were given the chance to address city council since Connie Trube's recorded comments were released.

"If you're heard on tape making disparaging remarks, I'm just saying, it's time that you resign," said resident Geraldine Sam.

Other residents voiced their concerns over whether the city could move forward while Trube remains a council member.

"It's our obligation as citizens to speak out against racism and not allow that to take over our community," said Valerie Beverly.

"It really casts a negative shadow on the city. We can't move forward with those dark clouds hovering over the city," said council candidate Christopher Lane.

Local 2 Investigates obtained a copy of an audio recording of a parking lot conversation between Trube and the husband of a political adversary. On the recording, Trube is heard expressing her thoughts regarding the troubled financial and academic state of La Marque Independent School District.

"It's not going to get any better until you get those blacks off the school board," Trube is heard stating on the recording. "She really turned black. She got on the school board with the rest of the blacks and they all just ganged up and that's why the school system has gone to hell."

When Local 2 spoke with Trube following Monday's council meeting, she said she stands by her remarks.

"What is on the tape is nothing more than me stating my honest opinion and I don't back down from that," said Trube. "I never denied what was on the tape."

La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking kept his remarks brief, citing an ongoing investigation of the matter by an outside law firm.

"Racism will not be tolerated on any level in the city of La Marque," said La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking.

Trube has been formally censured by city council, which has also set aside funds to pay for the outside investigation. Hocking said that investigation will be complete by June 30 and the findings handed over to the Department of Justice.

Some attending Monday's council meeting also expressed their displeasure at having tax dollars spent to investigate racism in city government.

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