Mayor Dan Pike says representatives of Stewart's talent agency told him that Stewart appreciated the offer but was too busy to accept. Pike made the offer after the mayor of Mount Vernon decided to give Fox News commentator Glenn Beck a key to that city.
Pike tells The Bellingham Herald that he's not disappointed by Stewart's decision because the point of the offer was to spark community discussion. He says he still plans to send Stewart a key to the city.
Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com