Since last week, Ferguson, Missouri has been embroiled in one tragedy after another. It started on August 9, when Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, after a confrontation that began because Brown and another friend were allegedly blocking traffic. Brown was also a robbery suspect at the time of the shooting.
The situation devolved to violence, which has included looting and a dramatically over-aggressive police response. The situation calmed somewhat when state police took over for locals, but remains highly volatile.
Among those criticized has been Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D). It took three days until after the shooting before the Governor made his first public remarks on the subject, four days before he began cancelling public appearances and five days before he sent out his first tweets.
It is those tweets that provoked a stunningly angry reaction from Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who is also a Democrat and represents Ferguson. The Senator had been publicly critical of Governor Nixon. She was photographed at a Ferguson rally holding this picture of Nixon:
Senator Chappelle-Nadal also went on MSNBC, where she called the Governor a “coward,” saying that the Governor “has been absent from the minority community, not for a few years, but for a few decades, and this is inexcusable.” It’s worth noting that Senator Chappelle-Nadal has been highly involved in the situation and was tear gassed during the some of the protests.
However, the Senator’s harshest criticisms came on Twitter. This past Thursday, the Governor tweeted a series of remarks about Ferguson. To that, Senator Chappelle-Nadal responded with this:
The tweets have since been deleted, though the Senator refers to them in other tweets that are still on her timeline.
As of yet, there has been no retraction from Senator Nadal and no comment from the Governor, that I can find, on this incident. Other outlets reported that Nadal and Nixon have had problems before. That being said, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen this level of hostility directed at a sitting Governor by another elected official, to say nothing of the fact that both are members of the same party.