The Missouri Speaker of the House has been caught sexting with a college freshman, an intern at the capitol's intern program that shut down without explanation last month.
The top of his campaign website touts his belief in "personal responsibility" but today Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl is under fire for the very lack of it. The former chairman of the House Ethics Committee, Diehl reportedly has been sexting with a college freshman who was part of the Missouri Capitol internship program which "shut down abruptly last month," as the Kansas City Star reports today.
"The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state's most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association," and "paint a picture of playful sexual innuendo," the Star notes. The paper published screenshots of some of the texts, which included "sexually charged" exchanges like this:
Her: "You better take care of me."
Diehl: "Like how?"
Her: "I'll bet you'll figure it out."
Diehl: "I dunno. You have always been disappointed;)"
Her: "I just have high expectations, I guess. Thus far, you've done pretty well (an emoji blows a kiss)"
Diehl: ":). I kinda want to hear what you are expecting"
Then, shortly after, he types: "You will be in good hands :)"
At one point Diehl texts her "God I want you right now," to which she replies "I wish you could have me right now."
In another exchange, she sends a picture of herself in a bikini and Diehl responds: "Damn girl ..."
Shortly after he writes: "I want to see more" followed by a smiling emoji.
Another exchange centered on Diehl texting that he was "Laying in bed looking at your pic :)"
She responded: "Mmmmm why can't I be there :)"
Speaker Diehl, who is married and has three sons, reportedly had been made aware by the Star of the texts weeks ago, and repeatedly broke appointments to discuss them, and ignored requests for interviews about them.
Joe Jervis reports that "the Missouri affiliate of the Family Research Council celebrated GOP House Speaker John Diehl after he filed an anti-gay marriage amicus brief with the Eighth Circuit Court," and had "sponsored a bill to ban gay-straight alliance clubs in public schools."
The Missouri Family Policy Council praised Diehl "for demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri," as Right Wing Watch reports. "The state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention thanked him for 'fighting to defend biblical marriage.'"
There is now a petition being circulated among Missouri House representatives calling for Diehl to step down as Speaker.
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