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This Week in the Governor’s Office: Israeli ambassador, judge appointment, assassination tweet response

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Governor Eric Greitens was relatively occupied during the week of August 14-18.

The Missouri Governor began the week with a somber order for flags to be at half-staff from August 16-22. Fulton resident, Sergeant Talon Leach, 27, died on his way to pre-deployment training when his transport plane crashed in Mississippi. 15 other service members died in the tragic crash.

On Tuesday, he met with Israeli Ambassador, Ron Dermer, visited the local Jewish Community Center (JCC), and ate at a kosher deli. Greitens met Dermer in St. Louis and discussed job creation and Israel’s investment in Missouri agriculture, bio-technology, and other emerging businesses. Missouri passed SB 812, which put an economic development office in Israel, in 2014.

On Wednesday, he appointed George E. Wolf as Circuit Court Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit. Wolf will replace Judge Brent Powell, who was chosen for the Missouri Supreme Court in late April. Wolf served as chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of Kansas City, since 2012.

“I am excited to appoint George Wolf to the Jackson County circuit bench,” Gov. Greitens said on his Wednesday press release. “George has had a distinguished legal career in private practice and has been a leader both in his firm and in the Kansas City community. He will be an excellent addition to the Jackson County courts.”

On Thursday, he hosted the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair. The breakfast is a traditional banquet and featured members from the state legislature and business leaders. The event also had an auction from the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Hams, Grand Champion Bacon and Limited Edition Belt Buckle. The auction donated money to scholarships for youth in agriculture. At the breakfast, he spoke about issues concerning rural Missouri and agricultural issues.

Later that day, he called for resignation of Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City. The Senator responded to a friend on Facebook hoping for the President to be assassinated. She spoke to the Springfield News-Leader stating she had no plans on resigning. In the afternoon, Greitens wrote on Facebook “We can have differences in our country, but no one should encourage political violence. The Senator should resign.” He also shared an article from the right-leaning website, The Daily Caller, which reported on the controversy.

Friday, press secretary Parker Briden released a statement from the Governor stating Chappelle-Nadal should resign or the Senate should expel her.

“Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed,” Greitens said. “Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. Her response: ‘Hell no.’ Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize—twice. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.”

Next week, Governor Greitens will be conducting the “Salute to Agriculture” at the State Fair. Some fair officials have bemoaned the event, worried that it may become a political event.