Maria Chappelle-Nadal needs to resign now. If she does not, then good people should take every measure to remove her from the Missouri State Senate. Her job is the epitome of a customer service persons job. Serving the people, serving our country, doing her best to make American lives better. Instead she is publicly wishing for the President of the United States to be assassinated. She doubled down by refusing to apologize and defended her feelings and opinions on Trump. This is not the type of legislator our country and people need and we must not allow this to be OK by allowing her to keep her job.

We deserve legislators that are not of poor character and have hate in their hearts. We need to have legislators and leaders that move us forward as Americans; all Americans, not a divided America.

This division is getting worse by the day, and to my mind, it has been manufactured by the previous administration, by radical groups such as Black Lives Matter, and by the media.

I don’t believe the vast majority of Americans, working every day, trying to make a living, raising their kids, just living their lives, feel the division we see on TV and hear about on the news. Just today I was in the airport and all types of people of all races were chatting and laughing and enjoying the day and their interactions. They just get along as people do every day. This division is not in the majority of our worlds, but it’s played up so much by politicians and media and radical groups that people start believing that it must be true. I acknowledge people of all races and political persuasions can and do have biases. We all do in some ways, we are not perfect beings and each of us has a different set of life experiences to draw our opinions from.

But we are pretty good in this country with regards to respecting each other, while those very loud haters and bigots try to drown out the sound of our peaceful daily lives.

Missouri is a state that voted for Trump in the Presidential election overwhelmingly. To have an elected official who is supposed to represent the people of her community and state hope for his assassination is contrary to what her electors put her in her job to do. Her job is to support the agenda the people voted for.

Missouri has had enough political problems without Maria Chappelle-Nadal pouring gasoline on the embers to re-ignite a fire. This Senator is not serving her constituents. All she has done is make herself the story and the story should have been serving the people and carrying out the agenda they all voted for, not her own personal agenda. She needs to be gone yesterday so the good people in Missouri can replace her with someone willing to do the work that government by the people and for the people is meant to be.

Linda Martinelli is the first sole female franchise owner in Proforma to qualify for the Million Dollar Club and reach Multi-Million Dollar Club status. She was also Proforma’s first female development coach and in 2005, was the first female elected by her business peers to the elite Owners Advisory Council. In 2011, Linda was named one of ASI’s Top 10 Women to Watch and earned Proforma’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Award in 2012.