Statement from Sen. Mike Cunningham Regarding Disciplinary Actions

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, today issued the following statement on the disciplinary actions taken by the Missouri Senate on Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal:

“The recent comment made online by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was not only unacceptable, but it threatened the integrity of the Senate. Expressing a desire for violence against the president is egregious, unfitting, and unbecoming conduct for a senator.

I had hoped Sen. Chappelle-Nadal would realize the seriousness of her statements, take responsibility for her words, and resign on her own accord.  I had also hoped enough of my colleagues would have joined me in signing a petition for her expulsion.  However, since that was not the case, the Senate has censured Sen. Chappelle-Nadal effective immediately. The censure also urges her to resign or face possible expulsion in the future.

Censuring a sitting member has never been done in the history of the Missouri Senate. It is not something the Senate takes lightly.”