Maria Chappelle-Nadal is the Missouri state senator who wrote “I hope Trump is assassinated!” on social media last Thursday. Ed wrote about the story Friday and, at the time, there were calls for Chappelle-Nadal to resign. She still hasn’t resigned but she has been removed from all of her committee assignments in the state senate. From KSDK:
Tuesday morning, Senate Democratic Caucus leader Sen. Gina Walsh said Maria Chappelle-Nadal is a “distraction” to senators and released a statement saying she has been removed from all committees.
“It is important that the Missouri Senate conducts their work without distractions. With that in mind, Sen. Chappelle-Nadal has been removed from her committee assignments. This will help to ensure the success of the Senate, and the state, going forward,” she said.
Following this story has been like watching someone fall down a flight of stairs. First, Chappelle-Nadal said her comment was wrong but defiantly refused to apologize unless the president apologized for his comments about Charlottesville:
In another interview, Chappelle-Nadal doubled-down on her refusal to resign citing other legislators’ bad behavior:
Chappelle-Nadal defiant in calls to resign over Trump assassination post pic.twitter.com/wMw0t6Ibyh
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 18, 2017
By Sunday, Chappelle-Nadal was singing a different tune saying, “I made a mistake and I’m owning up to it.” She promised it would never happen again:
Senator Chappelle-Nadal who openly wished for the assassination of Trump issues a fake apology.
No excuse! She must immediately resign. pic.twitter.com/cBengGI8tU
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) August 22, 2017
Being removed from all of her assignments does not mean Chappelle-Nadal has lost her job. The state senate could remove her with a 2/3 vote, something Governor Eric Greitens has already endorsed. Chappelle-Nadal only has one year left in office. After that, term-limits will prevent her from running again.