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Diehl resigns from Missouri Legislature amid sexting scandal


UNDER CONTROL, BUT FOLKS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES. ACT TO YOU. KRIS: THE FALLOUT IN JEFFERSON CITY. A DAY AFTER ADMITTING TO SENDING SUGGESTIVE TEXT MESSAGES TO AN INTERN, MISSOURI HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN DIEHL IS OUT. LARA: THE SPEAKER RESIGNED AT 1:40 THIS AFTERNOON. KMBC 9’S ELI ROSENBERG IS LIVE AGAIN FOR US IN JEFFERSON CITY. ELI, WHAT’S THE MOOD THERE? ELI: THERE IS SURPRISE AND SHOCK, ESPECIALLY JUST HOW FAST ALL THIS IS HAPPENING. SPEAKER DIEHL WOKE UP YESTERDAY, ARGUABLY THE SECOND-MOST POWERFUL LAWMAKER IN MISSOURI. AND LATE LAST NIGHT HERE, SPEAKER DIEHL TOLD ME HE WASN’T GOING TO RESIGN. WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THIS? I MEAN, IT’S BEEN ALL DAY. I MADE A MISTAKE. I’M SORRY. I’M HUMAN. I’VE APOLOGIZED. I’VE ASKED FOR MY CAUCUS’S FORGIVENESS. ELI: THAT WAS AROUND MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT. THEN THIS AFTERNOON, THAT ALL CHANGED. SPEAKER DIEHL SENDING OUT A STATEMENT ACKNOWLEDGING A, QUOTE, “SERIOUS ERROR IN JUDGMENT BY SENDING THE TEXT MESSAGES.” JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO, WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE KANSAS CITY-AREA LAWMAKER TO GET HER TAKE ON THE SPEAKER’S RESIGNATION. I 100% AGREE WITH THE SPEAKER’S DECISION TO RESIGN. THIS IS A PLACE OF INTEGRITY, HUMILITY, AND ABOVE ALL, I THINK, IT SHOULD BE A PLACE OF RESPECT. SO IN ORDER FOR IT TO CONTINUE AS SUCH, I AGREE WITH THE DECISION TO MOVE ON. ELI: THE SEARCH FOR DIEHL’S REPLACEMENT IS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HERE HAS CALLED A CAUCUS FOR 7:00 P.M. TO START WORK IN NAMING A NEW SPEAKER.

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