UPDATE - 8/26/13 4:30 PM: House Minority Leader Jake Hummel has accepted State Representative Jeremy LaFaver's resignation as chair of the House Democratic Victory Committee.
"Representative LaFaver's actions were unfortunate and he will face consequences as a result. One of those consequences is that he has resigned as chairman of the House Democratic Victory Committee, and I accepted his resignation," said Hummel in a released statement.
A Missouri state representative is apologizing after he was arrested in Boone County over the weekend with marijuana.
On Sunday Missouri State Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) was stopped in Boone County for failing to respond to a charge that he had operated his vehicle with an expired license tag and without insurance, he was cited with possession of a marijuana pipe and a small quantity of marijuana.
Since his arrest, LaFaver issued the following statement: â??I made a serious mistake, I apologize for it, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my behavior. I want to stress that I was not operating under the influence. I deeply regret the embarrassment I have caused my family and the people of the 25
District by this incident. I want to assure my constituents that I have received no special considerations, nor do I expect to be treated any differently than any other citizen in my situation.â??
After that statement was issued, the representative announced Monday morning that he has asked to step aside as chair of the House Democratic Victory Committee.
â??The goal of electing Democrats to the House is too important to the middle class men and women of Missouri for my personal embarrassment to become a distraction, and I have therefore asked the Minority Leader to let me step down from the chairmanship,â?? LaFaver said in a statement.
The Missouri Republican Party issued the following statement of the arrest of Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, (D- Kansas City).
â??Missouri Republicans are calling on Democrat Rep. LaFaver to walk the walk and take genuine responsibility by resigning from the Missouri House of Representatives. LaFaver has broken trust with the people by behaving with direct and open disrespect for the law and courts,â?? said Matt Wills, spokesman for Missouri Republican Party.