Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal does not know how to take a hint. Her decision to post a statement about President Trump that can only be called treasonous has resulted in many people wanting her to resign. She has refused and now her fellow Senators are threatening to call a special session to remove her.
Though she quickly deleted it and apologized, Chappelle-Nadal’s comment that she hoped the president would be assassinated ignited a storm that she couldn’t control.
“President Trump, I apologize to you and your family. I am a servant of God, and I am a servant of the people I represent. And I failed them both recently. I have learned my lesson.”
Citizens and lawmakers alike have called for her resignation. In addition, Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh has already removed Chappelle-Nadal from all of her committee posts. However, it is Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson who wrote the letter calling for the special session.
“I am calling on you to exercise your authority as Majority Floor Leader to begin the process for calling a special session, with the purpose of expelling Senator Chappelle-Nadal from the Missouri Senate,” he wrote to Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe.
“The recent inflammatory comments made by Senator Chappelle-Nadal are unacceptable and unbefitting conduct of a Missouri State Senator. I do not make this request of you lightly, but you and I know it is the right course of action to take for the people of Missouri.”
The Missouri Senate has not held expulsion proceedings since 1945. But many Senators seem determined that this is the correct decision. Senate President (Pro Tem) Ron Richard has said he would remove any of Chappelle-Nadal appointments that he can and “If she continues to refuse to resign, expulsion is the next appropriate course of action.”
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch