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Republicans, Democrats react to Diehl departure

Jonathan Prouty, Missouri Republican Party: “We commend John Diehl for doing the right thing during this troubling time, and we look forward to working with the next Speaker to continue building upon our conservative legislative accomplishments and moving our state forward.”

Roy Temple, Missouri Democratic Party: ““As the father of two daughters, and a Missourian, I was deeply troubled by the information that came to light yesterday. Speaker Diehl’s actions and misconduct have failed this state and the citizens of Missouri deserve a higher standard of leadership.”

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: “Speaker Diehl was an effective leader with significant accomplishments for our state. He made a mistake, and has apologized. He made the right decision today. I wish John the best as he and his family work through this.”

Gov. Jay Nixon D-Mo.: “Missourians deserve elected officials who reflect their values and comport themselves to the highest standards of integrity. Rep. John Diehl’s resignation from the position of speaker and state representative is an appropriate and necessary step. Our thoughts go out to the families who have been affected by the speaker’s conduct. I look forward to working with the next speaker to restore the public trust and continue building a brighter future for our state.”