a Kansas City Star article that indicated Speaker of the House John Diehl had been exchanging sexually charged text messages with a freshman intern.
The Star said the intern told "confidants" she was having a relationship with Diehl, 49, a Town and County Republican, who has a wife and three children.
The newspaper printed some of the text messages it had obtained between Diehl and the intern:
Screenshots of the text messages between Diehl and the intern are punctuated throughout with emoticons and emojis — cartoonish faces that smile or wink. They paint a picture of playful sexual innuendo.
Her: “You better take care of me.”
Diehl: “Like how?”
Her: “I’ll bet you’ll figure it out.”
Diehl: “I dunno. You have always been disappointed;)”
Her: “I just have high expectations, I guess. Thus far, you’ve done pretty well (an emoji blows a kiss)”
Diehl: “:). I kinda want to hear what you are expecting”
Then, shortly after, he types: “You will be in good hands :)”
At one point Diehl texts her “God I want you right now,” to which she replies “I wish you could have me right now.”
In another exchange, she sends a picture of herself in a bikini and Diehl responds: “Damn girl …”
Shortly after he writes: “I want to see more” followed by a smiling emoji.
Another exchange centered on Diehl texting that he was “Laying in bed looking at your pic :)”
She responded: “Mmmmm why can’t I be there :)”
Diehl shared photos as well, including one apparently taken while he was on a trade mission to Europe with Gov. Jay Nixon. The picture shows the speaker standing next to a luxury car in Munich, Germany.
A Missouri Southern official told the star that in the past when legislative interns are pulled out of Jefferson City, it has been because of problems with the interns, but that was not the case this time.
The Star investigation and the MSSU official statements seem to indicate that Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, was less than truthful in an interview about the subject with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month.
“The president called me and told me they weren’t getting along,” Richard said. Asked if he meant they weren’t getting along with legislators, Richard said: “Among themselves.”
The rumor about DIehl and the intern was first printed in the Missouri Scout blog, which Richard decided to disparage despite the fact that what ir printed appears to be exactly what happened.
Asked whether he had heard of problems on the House side, Richard said: “You can hear all kinds of stuff. I just never pay attention. I try to think the best of people. I don’t read blogs. I just figure half of it is BS.”