Many perspectives, 1 simple etiquette

Missouri Senator Chappelle-Nadal To Be Expelled?

Author: Jeff Powers
Created: 22 August, 2017
Updated: 21 November, 2022
2 min read


Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has apologized for her Facebook post last Thursday calling for the assassination of President Trump.

Chappelle-Nadal made the comments after the violence in Charlottesville and the presidents comments that were roundly criticized by members of both parties.

After apologizing directly to President Trump and his family, Chappelle-Nadal indicated she would not be stepping down. She said, “I will continue to fight for issues that are really important."

Her apologies might not save her job.

The Editorial Boards of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star have both called for her immediate resignation.

The Post-Dispatch noted, "If she goes back to the Senate as planned, Chappelle-Nadal can expect to be shunned at a minimum, expelled at the maximum. If she stays, she will be openly derided. Her entire legislative agenda for her term-limited final legislative session in 2018 will likely meet brick-wall opposition. Her fellow Democrats will regard her as politically toxic."

The Star wrote, "That is crossing a big, bright line, especially for a public official as experienced as Chappelle-Nadal. The veteran lawmaker, 42, knows better. It matters not that she promptly deleted the post, knowing full well that she had done wrong. And it matters not that on Sunday she expressed her regret directly to the Trumps."

Threatening the President of the United States is a federal crime. The secret service is investigating.

Missouri leaders from both major parties, including Gov. Eric Greitens and Sen. Claire McCaskill, have demanded that she resign.

McCaskill, a fellow Democrat, went right to the point: “I condemn it. It’s outrageous. And she should resign."


On Tuesday, Missouri Senate leaders announced Chappelle-Nadal has been stripped of her committee assignments.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Minority Leader Gina Walsh both rescinded the lawmaker’s nine committee assignments, with Richard saying in a brief statement: "I support the decision of Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh to remove Sen. Chappelle-Nadal from all of her Senate committees. I am also removing her from all appointments under my authority."


The short answer is Yes, although a sitting Senator in Missouri hasn't been removed from office in more than 70 years, article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution allows for her removal for calling for the assassination of President Trump.

The section stipulates the following, "any person not a member, who shall be guilty of disrespect to the house by any disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its presence during its sessions; may punish its members for disorderly conduct; and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of all members elect, may expel a member; but no member shall be expelled a second time for the same cause."

Missouri elected officials are wanting to address this as quickly as possible, so, if she refuses to resign, a vote on her fate could come quickly. According to the sources within the Missouri Senate, officials are reviewing the State Constitution and Rules to make sure their actions are consistent with the law.

Read more

joined hands
10 Reasons Why Americans Are Not as Divided as You Think
Photo by on  Party leaders, politicians, and media pundits and talking heads would have US voters b...
28 February, 2024
7 min read
LetUsVote: New Campaign Launches to End Discrimination Against Independent Voters
Open Primaries, in partnership with Unite America, announced the launch of LetUsVote Wednesday, a nationwide initiative that aims to mobilize and empower independent voters, who make up the largest voting bloc in the US but are treated like second-class voters....
27 February, 2024
4 min read
For Good or Bad, Primary Changes May Be Coming to Elections Near You
Photo Credit:  The last couple of years have seen an increase in states looking to change their prim...
26 February, 2024
4 min read
The Primary Problem: Only 8% of Voters Elect 83% of Our Representatives
In his latest podcast, former Democratic presidential candidate and Forward Party Co-Founder Andrew ...
26 February, 2024
3 min read
Blame This One on Secretary of State Weber
Eight years ago, there was a competition still in play between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton wh...
26 February, 2024
4 min read
Kansas Bill Would Make It Impossible for Many Independents to Run for Statewide Office
Photo By:  The Kansas House approved a bill Thursday that aims to make it substantially harder for i...
23 February, 2024
4 min read