“Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters.”
In May, Missouri House Speaker John Diehl resigned after revelations he had a "sexually charged relationship"
with a college freshman who was interning in a Missouri Capitol internship program. He was, of course, one of those "family values" conservatives.
A mere two months later, Missouri Senator Paul Levota abruptly resigned after revelations he sexually harassed two female interns.
Now the Missouri Republicans are scrambling to come up with a new internship policy. Rather than focusing on getting their own members to behave professionally with young staffers, as they would in any business setting, the Missouri GOP seems hellbent on reeling in those interns who cause so much trouble. Among their recommendations? Stricter dress codes for interns:
Rep. Bill Kidd, an Independence Republican, responded almost immediately with the suggestion that an intern dress code was needed. He was seconded by Republican Rep. Nick King of Liberty.
“We need a good, modest, conservative dress code for both the males and females,” King wrote in an email to colleagues. “Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters.”
Face. Palm. Yes, if only those vixen interns weren't distracting these good, Christian, family values Republicans from their jobs. And while there were some good suggestions to prevent public, embarrassing, career-ending implosions, there is far too much blame on the young interns. The Missouri Republicans should start with some basic common sense. For instance, don't be a creep and send sexually explicit text messages to a college freshman who is younger than your own children. Because...well, gross. Secondly, ewwww.
See more of the suggested internship policy changes below:
Intern Policy Draft Recommendations by j hancock