Missouri Republican leader suggests expulsion of GOP lawmaker as tensions mount in state Senate


Share post:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Missouri Senate said Thursday that she would like to expel a conservative senator who has been blocking work in the chamber, escalating a GOP rift that has thwarted work on the party’s priorities.

The Missouri Senate has been in session for four weeks but has yet to debate any legislation on the floor, as conservative Republicans in a newly formed Freedom Caucus have used procedural tactics to slow routine work. The Freedom Caucus is trying to force more rapid consideration of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to pass citizen-led ballot initiatives such as one backing abortion rights.

Earlier this week, Senate Republican leaders stripped four Freedom Caucus members of their committee chairmanships and prime parking spots.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Cindy O’Laughlin told reporters at an annual Missouri Press Association event that she “absolutely would” like to expel from the chamber state Sen. Bill Eigel, an outspoken member of the Freedom Caucus who is running for governor. But she acknowledged that was unlikely, because it would require a two-thirds vote and the support of some minority party Democrats.

“I know people think, boy that’s a radical thing, but look where we’re at here,” O’Laughlin told the media. “It’s just gotten worse and worse and worse. It’s juvenile. It’s terrible.”

Word of O’Laughlin’s remarks quickly reached Eigel, who summoned her to the Senate floor to question her about it.

“If anybody wants to expel me from this chamber for being bold about my leadership, for being bold about my beliefs, I welcome that. I will not bow,” said Eigel, yelling and pointing at O’Laughlin from just a few feet away.

The internal Republican spat has prevented Senate approval of GOP Gov. Mike Parson‘s appointments to state departments, university governing boards and the state highways commission. Parson, a former state senator who is prevented by term-limits from running for governor again, said it isn’t his role to “fix the Senate,” but he expressed frustration that the spat has affected people willing to serve on state boards.

“They’re in the crossfires of what’s going on here politically, internally,” Parson said. “And that’s not right. It’s just simply not right to treat people that way.”

Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, the top Democrat in the chamber, said he wouldn’t vote to expel Eigel but that he was tired of watching “Republicans bloviating.”

“Every person in this chamber ran for public office to make a difference in this state,” Rizzo said. “And we’re not even able to get off first base to have our ideas vetted, because it has turned into reality TV.”


Associated Press writer Summer Ballentine contributed to this report.

Source link

Alexandra Williams
Alexandra Williams
Alexandra Williams is a writer and editor. Angeles. She writes about politics, art, and culture for LinkDaddy News.

Recent posts

Related articles

4 arrested, bodies found in case of missing Kansas moms

Authorities found the remains of two bodies on Sunday believed to be two Kansas moms who went...

Audit says Arkansas governor's office potentially violated laws with $19,000 lectern purchase

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders ' office potentially violated state laws on...

‘Sleepy Don’: Trump sparks Twitter hilarity as he appears to fall asleep at trial

While the rest of the world can’t peel their eyes away as Donald Trump’s historic criminal trial...

Las Vegas lawyer and wife killed amid custody fight for children from prior marriage, family says

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas lawyer and his wife had been in the middle of...

Large Section of Baltimore's Key Bridge Removed From Water

Salvage crews on Sunday, April 14, successfully removed a large portion of the Francis Scott Key Bridge...

Rudy Giuliani loses bid to dismiss $148 million defamation judgment in Georgia election workers case

Rudy Giuliani has lost his bid to dismiss the $148 million defamation judgment against him from late...

Atlantic City mayor, wife charged with abusing and assaulting teenage daughter

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and his wife were charged Monday with...

Trump trial: Judge Merchan mulls prosecution request to fine Trump $3,000 for attacking witnesses

This is Yahoo News' succinct update on the criminal and civil cases against former President Donald Trump....