Well what do you know, another champion of right-wing ‘family values’ turns out to be human just like the rest of us.
Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, whose campaign website boasts his belief in “personal responsibility,” has been not-so-secretly sexting with a 19-year-old college freshman who was part of the Missouri Capitol internship program.
Earlier this year, the state affiliate of the Family Research Council praised Diehl “for demonstrating moral leadership and true integrity in standing up for the sacred institution of marriage and the family values of the people of Missouri.” They added a special thanks for, “fighting to defend biblical marriage” after he filed an amicus brief in defense of the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment.”
Perhaps the ‘biblical marriage’ Diehl has so tirelessly been defending is the kind where men take multiple wives, because the married father of three certainly seems keen on the young lady.
In the texts, Diehl’s contact info goes from “John” to “Frank Underwood (sly half-smile emoji)” to “SOTMHOR,” and acronym for ‘Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives.”
Here are some examples from the highly flirtatious communications:
Her: “You better take care of me.”
Diehl: “Like how?”
Her: “I’ll bet you’ll figure it out.”
Diehl: “I dunno. You have always been disappointed;)”
Her: “I just have high expectations, I guess. Thus far, you’ve done pretty well (an emoji blows a kiss)”
Diehl: “:). I kinda want to hear what you are expecting”
Then, shortly after, he types: “You will be in good hands :)”
At one point Diehl texts her “God I want you right now,” to which she replies “I wish you could have me right now.”
In another exchange, she sends a picture of herself in a bikini and Diehl responds: “Damn girl …”
Shortly after he writes: “I want to see more” followed by a smiling emoji.
Another exchange centered on Diehl texting that he was “Laying in bed looking at your pic :)”
She responded: “Mmmmm why can’t I be there :)”
These are the texts obtained by The Star: