GOP leaders: Muschany resign
Fri, 08 Aug 2008 04:22:38 GMT —
A state representative from St. Louis has been indicted and charged with having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Fresh off the heals of one Republican sex scandal, the party now has to deal with another. According to published reports, St. Louis state representative Scott Muschany (R-St. Louis County) is accused of having sex with the daughter of a state employee who worked for the House - a woman who claims she too was involved with the married lawmaker.
Speaking to an influential conservative lobbying group, the Missouri Farm Bureau, GOP leaders were quick to call for Muschany's resignation.
"I'm deeply disturbed by it," said Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. "And I think he ought to go mount his defense as a private citizen."
Republican Attorney General nominee Michael Gibbons said stepping down would be the "right thing to do."
"If it turns out he is guilty of that offense against a 14-year-old," said Gibbons. "There is no punishment too severe."
Governor Blunt even weighed in on the situation saying in a statement, "I am extremely disappointed with what I have learned regarding this. If there is a shred of truth to these allegations then he should resign immediately."
With all the talk about resignations it's all really a moot point since Muschany announced weeks ago he won't run for re-election. But for others in the party, the recent scandals could make this Fall's campaign difficult.
Republican leaders, however, say that's not the case.
"These are the flaws of a few human beings," said Gibbons. "I mean it's certainly not a Republican party position."
"We are united as we head into the November election," echoed Kinder. "And take our cases to the people on the clear differences" in issues.
Despite the recent scandals, Republican leaders say it's just a minor speed bump and that it won't slow them down heading towards November.
Muschany has been charged with "deviate sexual assault," a class C felony that carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.