In less than one year, the Missouri legislature has seen 3 resignations due to inappropriate conduct with interns or other associates at the state capitol. Don Gosen, a Republican from the 101st district in Wildwood, is the latest to leave the capitol under the shameful behavior exposed by rumor and media scrutiny.
Last week, Missouri House Speaker, Todd Richardson, asked for Gosen’s resignation due to spiraling rumors as yet unidentified by the Kansas City Star, that he was having an affair of the extra marital kind.
Rep. Don Gosen issued a statement Wednesday morning that he was resigning in order to “focus on my family.” Moments later House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Poplar Bluff Republican, issued a statement of his own that hinted at some sort of inappropriate behavior, but was not specific.
He did, however, make reference in his statement to the scandals from last year that forced two lawmakers to resign and sparked an overhaul of the House’s sexual harassment and intern policies.
Last year, House, Speaker John Diehl, and Senator, Paul LeVota, both resigned due to inappropriate relationships with capitol interns.
RHRealityCheck.org reports details involving the scandal involve a sexual relationship between Gosen and a friend of another representative, Linda Black, documented by a video recording at the capitol.
A person with knowledge of the situation, who spoke to RH Reality Check on the condition of anonymity, said there are allegations that Gosen had an extramarital affair. The person said there allegedly exists a videotape of a sexual encounter between Gosen and a woman that took place at the capitol. The video is reportedly in the possession of a media outlet.
The Associated Press released a partial statement from Gosen, who eluded to the affair but was not specific with detail.
Republican Rep. Don Gosen of Chesterfield did not offer a specific explanation, either in an interview with The Associated Press or in his official resignation letter to Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson. He did tell the AP that the issues did not involve a relationship with an intern or staff member — scenarios that led to the downfall of two lawmakers last year.
“There’ve been some rumors, stories floating around the Capitol the last week — some true, some not true,” Gosen told the AP. “And with those come some personal issues that I’m addressing at home — none of those related to legislative duties, legislative activities.”
Gosen’s Missouri District webpage has been scrubbed and the position is as yet unfilled.
The Kansas City Star, RHRealityCheck.org and ABCNews/The Associate Press contributed to this post.