JEFFERSON CITY— The following statement was released today by Senate Majority Caucus Leaders on the disciplinary actions taken against Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal.
“The recent comments made online by one of our state senators was not only unacceptable, but it threatened the integrity of the Senate. Expressing a desire for violence against the President is egregious, unfitting, and unbecoming conduct for a senator.
We had hoped Sen. Chappelle-Nadal would realize the seriousness of her statements, take responsibility for her words, and resign on her own accord. However, since that was not the case, the Senate moved for censuring the senator effective immediately. The censure also urges her to resign or face possible expulsion in the future.”
Senate Leader Ron Richard – R, Joplin
“Censuring a sitting member has never been done in the history of the Missouri Senate. It is not something the Senate takes lightly. If Sen. Chappelle-Nadal was doing the right thing for her constituents, she would have resigned. Demonstrating a disrespect for the democratic process has no place in the Missouri Senate.”
Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City