Mega important gossip from the salt mines today.
John Diehl’s text messages weren’t just text messages. Turns out he was also having an affair with a (now) former Nixon apparatchik (apparatchick?) named Brittany Burke. They were often seen together in Jeff City, but I always assumed that it was nothing more than political interfacing to keep Nixon from vetoing too many of the General Assembly’s bills, or Nixon was using her to get Diehl to tweak legislation to his liking or minimal disliking, or both. And that they were working on a deal for the state’s part of financing the hypothetical new Rams stadium.
I was half right, in that there was a lot of interfacing between the two of them.
MSM corroboration when I can find it.
This strikes home:
Partying, drinking and secret liaisons have long been part of the culture of the capital, some say. Legislators, staffers and lobbyists stay in Jefferson City three nights a week during the 4½-month legislative session, often attending evening campaign fundraisers and lobbyist-financed receptions.
“The culture allows for a lot of immature, sort of sophomoric behavior,” said former Sen. John Lamping, R-Ladue. “There are a lot of people who revisit the college years, the fraternity years, while they’re down there, and everybody knows it.”
Funny thing is, I don’t really have any fun at these things. Either I’m not at the right parties, or I’m not important enough to get invited to the right parties, or I just can’t have fun because I’ve given up drinking and everyone else hasn’t. Be that as it may, this was my life for the first four months of 2014, but it as not by and large for the first four months of this year, because I was not deployed to Jeff City, mainly because of the subject matter of this article, John Diehl, being such a strong speaker. The Jeff City evening party scene during the legislative session was a lot less lively this year for that reason. But with Diehl gone, and a much weaker speaker in his place, then it’s damn the fuel shortage full speed ahead next year, with me there not having any fun in the process. Even before then, the county fair season, where a lot of de facto lobbying and networking takes place, will probably be interesting this summer.