The resignation of State Agriculture Director Fred Ferrell doesn’t satisfy the seven women legislators who have asked Governor Blunt for an explanation for why he kept Ferrell on after it became apparent Ferrell was guilty of inappropriate language and conduct.
Seven women legislators, all Democrats, wrote Blunt a letter after the investigation of a sexual harassment charge against Ferrell became public. Rep. Margaret Donnelly (D-St. Louis) was one of the women who signed the letter. Donnelly says Ferrell’s resignation is proper, but doesn’t address the complaints outlined in the letter. The letter states, "Your decision to keep this man in power, potentially leaving other female employees in harms way, while you worked to keep his actions secret from the public violated the public trust and merits a full public accounting."
Donnelly says the governor has yet to provide that accounting. She says the women legislators will continue to press the issue even though Ferrell has resigned.