Representative's controversial comments sparks disciplinary hearings

2 years 7 months 1 week ago Monday, October 16 2017 Oct 16, 2017 Monday, October 16, 2017 3:31:00 PM CDT October 16, 2017 in News
By: Sarah Trott, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY -  The House Ethics Committee took the first steps in disciplinary proceedings toward Rep. Warren Love, R-Osceola after he posted on Facebook calling for violence against people who vandalized a Confederate statue at Springfield National Cemetery.

In his Facebook post, Rep. Love wrote, “This is totally against the law. I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope.”

Some feel Love's comments called for a lynching.

Love has since apologized for the post alluding to lynchings, calling his rhetoric “colloquial” and “cowboyism.” He said he meant to say the vandal should be punished to the “full extent of the law.” He said the post has not been deleted.

On Monday, the committee combined the ethics complaint filed by Gail McCann Beatty, D- Kansas City and formal filing into a single measure. They will move forward with a public, preliminary hearing sometime next month.

Rep. Love’s comments received backlash on social media from both sides of the aisle, also citing recent social media posts from Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City. She sparked controversy in August for writing “I hope Trump is assassinated” in a personal Facebook comment.

Gov. Greitens wrote on Twitter, “Leaders in MO need to do better & I don’t think the Sen or Rep should be representing the people of MO; both should face same consequences.” He later clarified with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rep. Love should resign his legislative seat.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill joined in condemning Chappelle-Nadal’s comment and called her to resign as well.

Despite calls to step down, neither Chappelle-Nadal or Love have resigned. Chappelle-Nadal said her comment was out of frustration with the “trauma and despair” President Trump is causing.

Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, the only black Republican in the Missouri Legislature responded via Twitter, “Vandalizing property is wrong, but hoping for people to be hung/lynched over it?? Way over the line!!”

Republican Lt. Governor Mike Parson said on Twitter Love’s comments are “unacceptable and inexcusable” but did not ask him to resign. In a statement, Parson said, “no elected official should call for violence against anyone. I agree with Governor Greitens that Representative Love must face the consequences for his actions.”

Parson did demand Chappelle-Nadal step down for her comments.

This isn't the first time Love has made controversial statements regarding race.

In February, he shared an article to his Facebook page that called Abraham Lincoln “the greatest tyrant and despot in American history."

Love was elected in 2012 and is serving his third term in the state legislature. He serves District 125 covering Cedar, Benton, St. Clair and Hickory counties. He told KOMU 8 News he is seeking reelection in 2018.



More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY - The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals upheld a ruling Tuesday that the city of Columbia acted... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:14:36 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY - A 30-year-old Armstrong, Mo. man is dead after a two person crash on Missouri State Highway 5... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:38:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in Top Stories
(CNN) - Despite dips in recent years in gun violence and the sanctioned stay-at-home orders, Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:54:36 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:29:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY —A tornado briefly touched down in Chariton County just after 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
O’FALLON — Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 8:39:29 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining all youth sports from play, one local coach decided to get some practice... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:57:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Boone County will move to the next step in reopening Tuesday. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:17:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- When schools shut down because of the coronavirus , some parents of children with ADHD found themselves in... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:55:44 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. states are spending billions of dollars buying protective medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis,... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:00:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The American Veterans Center has hosted the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. for 15 years. But... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:18:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The location of the annual Memorial Day ceremony may have changed, but the meaning of it stayed... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:09:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia staple, Ernie's Cafe & Steakhouse is finally able to open doors to customers after closing down for... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 11:06:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Police are investigating a report of shots fired in north Columbia that left one injured early Monday morning. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 7:42:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
FULTON - This year, some popular Memorial Day festivities were canceled because of COVID-19, but one Fulton tradition was not... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 24 2020 May 24, 2020 Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:03:00 PM CDT May 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Clothing donations to the Salvation Army are increasing during the pandemic. During the past few months, many... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 24 2020 May 24, 2020 Sunday, May 24, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT May 24, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
2pm 79°
3pm 79°
4pm 80°
5pm 79°