Rep. Brian Nieves: Packing Heat 97 Percent of the Time
On Friday the Franklin County prosecutor's office announced it will not seek criminal charges against the Republican state representative involving allegations that he roughed up and threatened with a gun a rival campaign worker.
Speaking with the St. Louis Beacon last night, Nieves says he has no hard feelings against Shawn Bell -- the alleged victim who filed a detailed police complaint against Nieves last month. Nieves, who won a GOP primary state Senate in August, hopes that Bell would now withdraw his civil case against him.
As for Bell's allegation that Nieves had a gun on him the day he supposedly roughed him up inside his Senate campaign office, Nieves tells the Beacon that, yes, chances are good he did have a firearm on him that day -- though he didn't threaten Bell with the weapon.
"On any given day, 97 percent of the time, Brian Nieves is carrying a gun," said Nieves speaking in the third-person dialect common among cavemen. Nieves declined to answer whether or not he packs heat in the state Capitol. "That's none of your business," he told the reporter.