Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl is a Republican

You wouldn't know that John Diehl is a Republican because the news story doesn't include that piece of information. I'm curious about that, but not curious enough to try to find out. He's the Speaker of the House in Missouri. Why is he identified by that fact but not by his party affiliation? His own website proudly displays his party affiliation. 
This must be one of those times when it is assumed that everyone would know he's a Republican. If so, fine.
Reprehensible people in both political parties do things like this all the time. But if the Speaker of the House in the State of Missouri gets caught doing something, not mentioning his party affiliation anywhere in the story about him is strange.
Screenshots of the text messages between Diehl and the intern are punctuated throughout with emoticons and emojis — cartoonish faces that smile or wink. They paint a picture of playful sexual innuendo.
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 :)”
Diehl shared photos as well, including one apparently taken while he was on a trade mission to Europe with Gov. Jay Nixon. The picture shows the speaker standing next to a luxury car in Munich, Germany.
“Munich is a cool place,” he says.
“That suit and tie combo is sexy and you look great,” she responds. “I see a lot of work is happening.”
Diehl lives with his wife and three sons in Town and Country, Mo.
Emphasis there at the end, mine. You have to wade a long ways into the sexy talk to discover that Speaker Diehl has a wife somewhere. Whoops.
There is nothing criminal about sexy-talking with your interns, but if you're a member of one of the political parties that hates sexy-talk and loves to tell women what to do with their bodies, well, you'd think that one of the most powerful members of that party would be identified by his political party affiliation when he's been caught dead to rights carrying on with the sexy talk.
Is he one of those types of legislators who likes to tell women what to do with their bodies? Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner.

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