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Statue of former governor removed from Horton Plaza Park after policies criticized

Posted at 7:18 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 22:18:30-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson has been removed from a San Diego park after critics said the governor supported laws and policies that hurt immigrants and LGBTQ community members.

The 13-year-old statue near Horton Plaza Park was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns it.

Earlier this week, Latino and gay rights groups held a news conference in front of the life-sized bronze sculpture calling for its removal.

Sean Walsh, Wilson’s law partner and former chief of staff, said the statue was a recognition of the governor’s 50 years of public service.