On May 11, I and others stopped by Sen. Brian Nieves’ (R-26) office in the capitol to talk about educational issues and newly proposed bills pertaining to education in Missouri. Instead, I personally received twenty minutes of Mr. Nieves shouting at the top of his lungs, his very own “hip-hop” scatological rant. It was a tour-de-force of three word epithets from “you fucking prick”, to “you fucking pussy”, to “you piece of fuck”, etc. and other vitriolic variations that would make the most seasoned sailor blush.
What I experienced in Mr. Nieves’ office was a grown man acting like a playground bully. This from an elected official, who is addressed as The Honorable Senator, is a disgrace to the office he represents. Regardless of the delusional paranoia he has regarding a letter to the editor that was published in a local paper, this is no way for a sitting senator to be conducting himself in front of constituents or his staff.
I spoke with the Capitol Police and the Senate Pro-Temp Sen. Mayer, and expressed my disdain of Mr. Nieves’s behavior, and asked if there was a process for a police complaint or a Senate Ethics Committee. Sadly, there isn’t. Sen. Mayer said the only recourse is, “you all voted him in, now you’ll have to vote him out.”
The mission and vision statement of the Capitol Police Force, states:
Our mission is to serve the seat of government by creating a protected environment in a manner that respects the rights of all persons: And, to ensure safe conditions exist for state officials to fulfill their oath of office to all Missourians.
I emphasized and highlighted the “rights of all persons” because persons, i.e. voters, should also be treated with honesty, respect and courtesy when visiting their legislators in the state capitol.
Our local radio “shock-jock” who represents the 26th Senate District should read the Capitol Police’s mission statement. Hopefully, we will elect someone next time who can fulfill their oath of office and “respect the rights of all persons.”