Gov. Parson’s message to Missouri, U.S. reps: unity

By Jack ‘Miles’ Ventimiglia/For The Richmond News

Mike Parson delivers his first address Monday as governor to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly. (Photo by Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia/For The Richmond News)

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson’s first address to a joint session of the General Assembly provided the capstone on Gov. Eric Greitens’ meteoric rise and fall.

Reps. Peggy McGaugh, R-Carrollton, and Jim Neely, R-Cameron, talked about the monthslong scandal leading to Monday’s address.

Having taken office Feb. 26 following a special election, McGaugh said she had never met Greitens, but knew Parson before he became a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor.

“He was a former colleague, when he was a sheriff, and I was the county clerk of Carroll County for 30 years,” she said in the gallery beside the House floor moments before Parson’s address. “I know him well and he is a real quality man.”

Political turmoil caused by scandals targeting Greitens as part of his admitted affair, and contested allegations involving other offenses, made this year’s legislative work difficult, McGaugh said.

“It was dragging us down, so I’m glad the resolution was what it was,” she said.

Rep. Peggy McGaugh crosses the House floor before the address given Monday by her former colleague, Gov. Mike Parson. He served as Polk County sheriff while she served as Carroll County Clerk in the early 1990s. (Photos by Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia/For The Richmond News)

In other news out of the governor’s office:

• On Monday, Parson met with the entire U.S. Congressional delegation of representatives and senators from Missouri.

• On Tuesday, Parson appointed Carol Hallquist and Peter Herschend to the State Board of Education. The board has lacked a quorum since early January.

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