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State Senator Accused of Threatening Missouri Rep. During Lil' Wayne Concert

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Todd Owyoung
Umm, security? Can you tell those women in the Ameren suite to shut up?
Given his prior gun and drug arrests, one would think that rapper Lil' Wayne would have provided the crowd at Scottrade Center with all the gangsta theatrics they could handle during his jam-packed concert last night in St. Louis.

Not so. The real thuggery yesterday allegedly occurred far from stage, in a suite belonging to utility company, Ameren UE. That's where State Representative Jamilah Nasheed (D - St. Louis) was mingling with invitees of the utility's lobbyist when she says she ran into State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D - University City).

The two African-American politicians made news last week following a radio interview in which Chapelle-Nadal referred to black politicians and legislators as "house slaves" for supporting efforts to return the governance of the St. Louis police department to the city after 150 years of state control. Nasheed, the sponsor of the bill that would make that happen, had returned fire, calling Chapelle-Nadal "mentally unstable." 

Nasheed, a guest last night of an ATT lobbyist in a nearby suite, tells Daily RFT that she wanted to reconcile with Chapelle-Nadal. Before she could do so, however, Nasheed alleges the senator greeted her with a threat.

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Jamilah Nasheed (left) and Maria Chapelle-Nadal
"She said that if she had a knife, she would cut my fucking throat," says Nasheed, who tweeted the comment last night during the concert.

That's not true, counters Chapelle-Nadal, who was there with an Ameren lobbyist -- and said she did everything she could to avoid Nasheed last night.

"I was trying to enjoy the concert, but she kept harassing me," Chapelle-Nadal tells Daily RFT. "Finally she cornered me. I never said I would cut her throat, though I did mention a stabbing. I said that if I were really as unstable as she says I am, I would have stabbed someone by now, like the time she stabbed someone when she was with the 'Switchblade Sistas' -- a high-school gang."

"What the hell does that have to do with anything?" asks Nasheed, who doesn't deny having led a troubled childhood growing up in the projects after her mother committed suicide at 25 and her father was killed after returning home from Vietnam. "I talk to kids about it all the time. I caution them against that lifestyle. I'm not ashamed."

Nasheed says she didn't take the alleged threat last night seriously and never thought about calling security or the police about Chapelle-Nadal. She says she tweeted about it because she thought others should know how the senator treated her.

"I'm praying for her, honestly," says Nasheed. "She's a very intelligent person who can go far in Missouri politics, but she needs to get on some medication and see a psychiatrist."

What the latest spat between the two legislators could mean for local control remains to be seen. Chapelle-Nadal says she's just one of eleven senators opposed to the bill.

As for reconciling with Nasheed, she doesn't see that happening soon.

"She's been harassing me for years," says Chapelle-Nadal. "I've had a standing order in place among my staff to call the police or the capitol security if she comes into my office in Jeff City."

Chapelle-Nadal adds that despite the dust-up with Nasheed she still managed to enjoy most of the Lil' Wayne concert. "Awesome. Incredible show," she says.

Update 4 p.m.: Jim Avery, a former state representative from Crestwood and Chapelle-Nadal''s guest last night, tells Daily RFT that he couldn't hear what the two politicians said to each other once Nasheed entered the suite halfway through the concert.

"I'm good friends with both Maria and Jamilah, so I hate to get in the middle of this," says Avery. "But the whole thing was just pretty stupid. I could tell Maria was pretty upset and afterword she just ignored Jamilah. They shouldn't have been in the same suite together."



H/T to commenter Steven Smith for notifying us of the above video.
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15 comments
hotclubcanary
hotclubcanary

DAMN! CONDUCT UNBECOMING A PUBLIC SERVANT. Nasheed a guest in Ameren UE suite a guest of an ATT Lobbyist. Chapell-Nadall at the concert on Ameren UE's dime. I dont know whats worse the death threat or the bribery 

 

Mrjr54
Mrjr54

Last time I checked this is the USA  !  Hoods, territories, etc as subscribed to by the majority of "minorities" simply promotes "compartmentalization of our society. Until those elements progress out of the jungle culture there will be racism - period !  Playing the "race card" while subscribing to the behaviors that simply promote racism as evident in the majority of black communities and obviously subscribed to by Nasheed is clearly hypocritical, disingenuous  and has diminished validity to race issue claims in the general populous ! One is either part of the problem or part of the solution > At the end of the day, Nasheed is clearly a promoter of the problem and ultimately defines her relevance - which is clearly Zero ! 

Marc
Marc

I read the blog regarding two of our local politicians, Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D - University City) and State Representative Jamilah Nasheed (D - St. Louis) little disagreement.

I think the article exposes a more important issue. It is a perfect example of influence peddling in local politics, notice how both of these “fine” local politicians accepted concert seating by two local corporations. These should be illegal and considered bribery, punishable by jail time. Politicians should be forbidden to accept any gifts such as these from corporations!

dubbs
dubbs

The leaders of the free world. Gotta love it.

I would barely trust these people to run a McDonalds. How in the hell are they supposed to be running a state?

Guest
Guest

"Awe naw you din int..." (Snap left--Head-bob right, Snap right--Head-bob left, Snap left--Head-bob right) Switchblade Sistas?? ATT & Ameren Lobbyists?? 'lil Wayne concert?? This is just too good...

Shay4those
Shay4those

WUT THE HELL LIL WAYNE GOT TO DO WITH THESE WOMEN...YALL JUST HAD TO ASOCIATE HIM WITH THE NEGATIVE.......THE CONCERT WAS A GOOD TURNOUT AND WENT RATHER WELL......SAD ...RFT IS SAD......YOU COULD HAVE CAME BETTER THAN THAT

guest
guest

comment of the week ^^ priceless

anonymous
anonymous

he's a piece of shit

you are too

anonymous
anonymous

literally everything about this is depressing

Gillooly
Gillooly

The sooner they overcome their squabble, the sooner they can team up to help their benefactors hike our phone and electric rates. Keep your eye on the ball, okay girls?

Jdub
Jdub

Ohhh no she didnt.....mmmmmmhhhhmmm....do you think it played out like a family guy episode?

shawn
shawn

Maria Chapelle-Nadal and Brian Nieves must be great friends in the Missouri Senate

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