Wisconsin mayor who made Obama comment to quit term early

Bruce Hagen
Bruce Hagen

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) – The mayor of Superior says he plans to step down next year, two years before his term ends.

Mayor Bruce Hagen said Thursday the stress of the job has taken a toll on his health, and that he no longer has a passion to work in local government.

Hagen was re-elected in April 2015. He says he will retire at the end of April 2017.

Hagen drew protests and calls for his resignation late last year after he called President Barack Obama a Muslim who has “destroyed the fabric of democracy.” The mayor later apologized.

City Clerk Terri Kalan tells WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/2e1ZUGq ) the decision on how to fill the position will be up to the City Council, which could appoint a new mayor or call a special election.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com

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