W.Va delegate stripped of sexually explicit TikTok committee post
A West Virginia state delegate was removed from his committee post after apparently posting a sexually explicit TikTok giving advice on oral sex.
The video was posted by Del. Joe Jeffries (R) on his social media account, which according to local CBS affiliate WOWK has now gone private.
CBS News station reported that a social media user commented on the video, “Shouldn’t you be acting more professionally?” Because you are an elected official?
Jeffries reportedly replied, “I’m chosen, but I’m still a real person.”
However, the delegate quickly received a reaction from his colleagues and West Virginia House President Roger Hanshaw (R) issued a statement Friday calling Jeffries “an embarrassment not only for the House of Delegates, but for the whole state. ”
“Serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates has been the honor of my life, but not everyone has the same respect for this office, our body or their colleagues,” Hanshaw wrote. “When you take an oath, you are serving not only your district, but the entire state as well.”
The speaker went on to say that Jeffries “has shown us more than once that he does not respect the post for which he was elected”.
“I am only one in 100 MPs, and his constituents will have a chance at the polls in 2022 to decide whether he represents them as they wish,” Hanshaw said, adding that he had decided to adopt “the only one. tool at my disposal “. to express my disgust for his repeated and reprehensible behavior ”by stripping him of his post as committee vice-chairman.
“Realizing the will of the people is serious work, and I expect better behavior from our members, even in what they believe to be their private time,” he added.
The Hill has contacted Jeffries’ office for comment.
According to WOWK, Jeffries has been at the center of controversy before, most notably last April when he allegedly interrupted a meeting of fellow lawmakers by making vulgar remarks about some of the anatomy of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R).
Other groups issued statements on Friday condemning the delegate over the TikTok video, including the West Virginia Republican Party, which said “such behavior by any public official is unacceptable.”
“By his lack of judgment and his actions, Delegate Jeffries has brought shame to himself, his office, his constituents and our party,” the state GOP said.