Gov. Mike Parson has some words about Missouri and state taxpayers picking up the legal tab for three state senators who misidentified the Kansas City Super Bowl parade shooter.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is defending Sens. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, and Nick Schroer, R-Defiance, in the defamation lawsuits filed by a Kansas man. The ultra conservatives posted a photo on social media of Denton Loudermill incorrectly stating that he is an undocumented immigrant and the shooter at the Chief’s parade. Now, Loudermill is taking them to court.

Missourinet asked Gov. Parson what he thinks about the state and Missouri citizens being the ones to pay the legal bills for these senators.

“I’m going to tell you, we’re not going to target innocent people in this state. This gentleman did nothing wrong whatsoever, other than he went to a parade, and he drank beer, and he is Hispanic. That’s all that guy done,” said Parson. “And we’re just not going to attack citizens in Missouri or anywhere else just because we think we have the power to do so. There’ll be more to be said on that in the near future, but I’m telling you it’s problematic.”

The Missouri Attorney General’s office says the senators are protected by legislative immunity because they were acting in their official capacity when they posted their comments.

“There’s a jurisdiction issue that I do believe needs to be addressed,” the governor said. “You know, whether you go to Kansas or whether you don’t. But look, politicians have to be responsible and have to be held to a higher standard, when you start attacking citizens in our state. You don’t get a free pass just because you’re a politician. No different when I was sheriff. There’s certain things you can do as sheriff, certain things. And if you’ve cross the line, then you’re held liable for those issues.”

Parson appointed Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, a fellow Republican.

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