Senate GOP leader Mark Norris:
As Senate Majority Leader, my job is to do my best to make sure the Senate does its job. I had hoped that our efforts regarding Senator Stanley these last few days would prove successful without standing on a soapbox. It's more important to do the right thing and meet with success than it is to send press releases about doing the right thing and meet only with the media. That is why I have been working to resolve this situation all week without resorting to press releases and press conferences.
I have repeatedly expressed my belief, publicly as well as privately since this news broke six days ago, that Paul will "do the right thing" for his family's sake and for the sake of his constituents. I have also expressed my personal opinion that the right thing for him to do is to step down from his Senate seat in time for the healing to begin and for the voters in District 31 to elect a new senator to represent them.
We have been working, and continue to work, diligently to bring this to a prompt and appropriate resolution. An appropriate resolution is one that acknowledges responsibility for one's conduct and works to restore confidence in those who serve in public office.
Update: Action Andy Sher
puts Stanley on the psychiatrist's couch: "Many elected politicians are, in a sense, wired for such mischief through personalities built for risk taking and dealing with uncertainty."
The Shelby County school board chairman
eyes Stanley's seat.