Yael T. Abouhalkah

Disappointing drug arrest for rising star of KC’s Democrats

Updated: 2013-08-27T23:08:07Z

The political career of a rising Democratic star from Kansas City’s Waldo area suffered a stunning setback Sunday.

According to PoliticMo.com, state Rep. Jeremy LaFaver “was arrested Sunday afternoon for failure to appear in court and possession of marijuana.”

LaFaver is chairman of the Missouri House Democratic Victory Committee, which is expected to mount an effort to retake some House seats in 2014. Democrats want to eat into the super-majority the Republican Party has carved out in Jefferson City.

(And the fallout from the arrest continued Monday with the possibility that LaFaver would announce his resignation from this post.)

His arrest comes at a bad time for Democrats, who are trying to hold on to votes to help sustain Gov. Jay Nixon’s many vetoes during a session that begins in mid-September.

It’s especially disappointing because LaFaver, who represents District 25 in the Missouri House, was one of the few Democrats who has received positive publicity in recent months.

He’s also been seen as somewhat of a spokesman for the party. For instance, when the Missouri State Fair controversy erupted earlier this month over a clown making fun of President Barack Obama, LaFaver took to social media to decry the incident.

You can be sure that the arrest of LaFaver will be publicized by Republicans as a failure of Democrats to elect upstanding people to office.

Indeed, PoliticMo was reporting that the Missouri Republican Party was calling on LaFaver to resign his seat from the Missouri House.

LaFaver won his seat in 2012, and had a very uplifting story to tell about himself and his family.

But on Sunday, PoliticMo reported that LaFaver issued a statement about the arrest.

“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 25th 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.”

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