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The Big 'I' Issues Apology for Rusbuldt Remarks

​The Big “I” would like to sincerely apologize for an unfortunate interview segment that was conducted at the 2023 Big “I” Legislative Conference between president & CEO Bob Rusbuldt and Fox News host Jesse Watters in April. 
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the big 'i; issues apology for rusbuldt remarks

The Big “I” would like to sincerely apologize for an unfortunate interview segment that was conducted at the Big “I” Legislative Conference between president & CEO Bob Rusbuldt and Fox News host Jesse Watters in April of 2023. 

CNN reported on the interview on June 28, 2023, and the Big “I” clarified its position on what was said. 

"The Big 'I' strives to be a fair, open, and inclusive organization and we do not condone racist, sexist, or homophobic statements or behavior. In response to this incident, we had Mr. Rusbuldt relinquish his operational duties immediately following the Legislative Conference and in advance of his retirement in September," according to a press release. "It is disappointing to see Mr. Rusbuldt end his 37-year career at the Big 'I' in this way." 

"Much more distressing, however, is the hurt and discomfort so many of our members, partners and staff experienced as a result of his remarks. We do not in any way condone or agree with any of Rusbuldt’s statements, but we must take full responsibility for them," it continued.

"We deeply regret that this incident occurred at an event that is intended to celebrate our organization and its membership. We have been working with our DEI team internally and externally since the event on ways to foster a more inclusive and respectful culture and ensure that nothing like this ever happens again," concluded the statement.

Media inquiries should be directed to Adele Cehrs

Will Jones is IA editor-in-chief.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
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