Sen. Paul LeVota on the Senate floor, 2014
Seeing as August is upon us, we’re smack in the middle of that most sultry period of the year colloquially known as the ‘dog days’ of summer. While temperatures hang in the sweltering mid-90’s throughout Missouri, a different sort of ‘Dog Days’ seemingly reign in the Capitol building this summer.
Misconduct with staff and interns seems to have a become something of a tradition in American politics in recent decades. Illustrious names such as Senators David Vitter, John Ensign, Speaker Newt Gingrich, and perhaps most infamously President Clinton.
As we noted in May, Missouri’s own Speaker of the House, John Diehl (R-89), joined the list as well, after having damning texts messages of a sexual nature between he and a Capitol intern come to light.
Unsurprisingly, ANOTHER member of the Missouri legislature has joined (allegedly) this misconducting club: Sen. Paul LeVota (D-11) of Independence.
Sen. LeVota, like Speaker Diehl, began to face intense public scrutiny after both allegations and evidence of inappropriate conduct with two female members of the Capitol internship program from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
While Sen. LeVota professed his innocence in the matter, he also took the time to tender his resignation effective August 23rd.
How that in any way translates to innocence? We’re not exactly sure either.
What we are sure of, however, is that the growth in membership of this ‘misconducting club’ are is sure to continue.
Attribute it to what you will, ego, moral bankruptcy…whatever you’d like. It seems the political world’s more recurring dynamic, male figures of authority attempting to take advantage of their female staff, will never change nor cease. Sen. LeVota is merely the latest lawmaker to carry that shameful banner.