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MO House Speaker Apologizes for Apparent Affair Reportedly with an Intern

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Joplin, MO -     Missouri's speaker of the house issues an apology for an affair  reportedly with an intern.

     A statement from Representative John Diehl says,

     "i also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness."

     Text messages being made public by the Kansas City Star reveal a relationship between the Missouri speaker of the house and reportedly an intern.

This comes as Missouri Southern students who went this spring to live in Jefferson City and work as interns  in the capitol building   saw  their work  cut short.

"He says I want to see more." That's the content of text messages from the phone of Missouri's speaker of the house which include a picture of himself. The electronic messages were  gathered by the Kansas City Star. It says the person on the other end of the message  stream is a capitol intern.

That drew strong reaction for Missouri Southern student Whitney Pachlhofer who says,  "He's married. That's a huge huge difference. It is just like Bill and Monica. It's like a repeat of that."

The  messages as printed by the Kansas City Star  range from idle chatter about being bored to some  filled with sexual innuendo.

Such as: "God I want you right now."

And her response, "I wish you could have me right now."

And  terms of endearment like, "Night babe"

They were made public after Missouri Southern   released a  vague statement April 24th about the cancellation of its legislative internship program before its completion.

The statement reads:

"The university was recently made aware of issues regarding our legislative internship program. We made a decision to reassign the interns to other responsibilities for the duration of the semester. They will receive full academic credit for their work."

 Talking to students on campus,  there seemed to be equal concern about the internship as the student- politician relationship.

Junior Gabe Patterson says its wrong, "because  of the way it affected other people. Other people not being able to come in and work  because of that  one person, that has affected other people."

Whitney adds, "that is wrong  cause it's supposed to be a professional relationship. You're never, whatever the work environment  is, you shouldn't bring your personal life into it."

And senior  Aji Patou Dibba says, "but I don't think they should cancel  it (internship program) permanently  for this case.  Maybe they should step back  and redefine the rules of being in the internship,  what you need to do what you're expected to do."

MSSU's  president is on his way to Jefferson City for meetings and wasn't available to comment.Nor were other campus officials related to the program.

     There is no word on whether the intern involved in the exchange of messages is a student at Missouri  Southern State  University .
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