Missouri House Speaker John Diehl says he is resigning after news broke he was Sexting with intern. Because it is only okay to have an inappropriate relationship with an intern when you are a Democrat.
John Diehl on Thursday said he will resign as speaker of the Missouri House this week in the wake of a story published by The Star barely 24 hours earlier about texts replete with sexual innuendo between him and a college freshman in a Capitol internship.
The internship program was shut down abruptly earlier this spring.
Diehl, who felt increasing heat from his fellow Republicans, stepped down from his House leadership position about 1:40 p.m. Thursday with a written statement. He also said he will resign from his seat, where he represents a suburban St. Louis district.
After news of the resignation, Republicans caucused Thursday in search of a new leader to serve as speaker.
On Wednesday, several hours after the story broke, he issued a written apology in a news release and proclaimed the “buck stops here.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down. I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness. I will begin immediately working to restore the trust of those closest to me, and getting back to the important work that is required in the final days of session.”