I always enjoy stories like this, because the Republicans
are so very hypocritical and don't mind doing really terrible things to
people in the name of Jesus. Via The Kansas City Star:
Text messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually
charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college
freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down
abruptly last month.
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.
The texts show occasional efforts by Diehl and the intern to meet in
person. They range from mundane chatter, about boring meetings and
dreading speeches, to the more sexually suggestive.
Diehl declined to comment. The intern, who has hired an attorney specializing in employment matters, told The Star that the text messages were not real. Meantime, she has told confidants that she had an ongoing relationship with Diehl.
Multiple sources helped The Star confirm that the screenshots of the
texts, which show Diehl’s business cellphone number, originated from the
intern’s smartphone. The text conversations also included photographs
of each of them. And others who know Diehl well said they recognized the
language and tone of the conversations from their own text exchanges
The discovery of the text messages between Diehl and the intern
follows a decision by Missouri Southern State University to end its
Capitol internship program more than a month prematurely.
Richard Miller, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Missouri
Southern, told The Star that the school pulled its four interns out of
the state Capitol this spring after an unspecified incident. Yet Miller,
citing student privacy laws, declined to be more specific about what
led the university to end the internships.
Missouri Southern has held a legislative internship program for the
past 20 years, sending students to the United Nations in New York City
and Washington, D.C.
“This is the first time we have pulled all the interns,” Miller said.
“Usually, when something happens, it is a problem with the interns
themselves, but that was not the situation this year.”