Senator Brian Nieves Writes Insane E-Mails to Constituent Who Doesn't Want His Newsletters

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Don't mess with Brian Nieves.
We have to imagine that, as an elected official in Missouri who has experienced some controversy, State Senator Brian Nieves must be used to getting a fair amount of hate mail.

And we'd guess that this message he received last Friday is, relatively speaking, pretty mild: "Take me off your mailing list. Freak."

But after receiving that short seven-word e-mail from a constituent, Nieves fired off a series of lengthy, angry, incredibly bizarre e-mails in response -- which the recipient, Wildwood resident Bart Cohn, shared with Daily RFT.

We've pasted the full exchanges below, which include Nieves insulting Cohn's beard -- yes, his beard -- accusing him of being "in love" with him and having a "sick obsession" with him...and so much more. We'd say these e-mails fall under the must-read category.

"For a senator to be talking to anybody on that level was completely absurd," Cohn, 44, a former city councilman in Wildwood, tells Daily RFT.

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Cohn, who lives in Nieves' district, says he doesn't know why he was on the senator's e-mail distribution list to begin with, but after receiving last week's message about gun privacy, he decided he had enough. (The newsletter was about a Department of Revenue controversy, in which Republicans have accused the state of sharing gun owner information with the feds.)

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Bart Cohn with his wife (and his beard).

Cohn, who says he strongly disagrees with most of Nieves' politics and did not vote for him, was tired of getting his e-mails. He sent the short message of "Take me off your mailing list. Freak." He didn't expect a reply from the senator himself.

But BrianNieves@yahoo.com responded with this:

Who are you? Is there something wrong with you? Are you incapable of communicating in a way that common, decent people do?

Tell me this, how did you ever even get on MY Distribution list?

The exchange continues on with Cohn responding to the senator (with some more insults) and then Nieves getting increasingly angry, finally laying it out with this incredible message (emphasis ours):

Wow. Your communications are so thought provoking, well written, and intelligent. Perhaps you secretly want to be on my distribution list because every time you send me a message, your email is recaptured and put on my distribution list. I'm tiring of taking you off every time you email me AGAIN so unless you are in love with me or have some other sort of sick obsession with me (sorry, I'm straight as an arrow) you should probably stop emailing me so that you don't keep getting put back on the list. Should I type these instructions slower? Are you having a hard time understanding? BTW - I archive ALL questionable emails like yours in case there's ever any doubt about who got ugly first. Go back to the grade school playground where people you can successfully bully and out smart are playing cuz junior... You are way out of your league with me.

Yeahhhhh.

After a brief break, at nearly 1 a.m., Nieves sent one more message:

BTW... You really don't look good with a beard.

Cohn says he has no idea how he even knew he had a beard, and that Nieves must have stalked him on Facebook for that detail.

He adds, "It's insane... I can't believe he said these things."

Daily RFT left a message for Nieves at his office and sent him an e-mail. We'll update if we hear back. In the meantime, continue on for the entire craziness.

Continue for the full exchanges forwarded directly to us via e-mail.

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wwwsss99
wwwsss99

What happens when staffers become politicians....

SRiley
SRiley

All political discourse is going to look like this in the next 10 years as the facebook generation starts taking office.  Eventually it will be like the movie Idiocracy, but we'll just be used to it and no one will notice.  

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman

Jeff you are wrong. Research and come back when you have the correct info so you can bring something to the table.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Special note to Nieves: if you have a concealed carry license it's usually on the driver's license. I'm thinking the feds have access to the information on driver's licenses. Spend more time writing laws that matter. Hope he doesn't stalk me for saying that.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

What is wrong with the people that they keep electing these freaks who act insane? Is it like "Hey, I am going to vote for him because he's just so much like me!"

ranfast
ranfast

Damn!  Looks like B.Cohn met is mental match!  Way to go guys!

All this over an email list?  What the #*%!!!  Not even a fight over an issue....like

maybe conceal and carry!  What a waste....you guys ought to have your own reality show.

Let's call it the Real Idiots of West County!  Can't wait for the next episode...and we all know there will be one...because neither of these two douche bags can ever let anything go.  So pour yourself another drink Bart and fire up your computer at about 2:00 am.

damspahn
damspahn

Senator Neves is mentally unstable.  Spamming non-constituents happens, but these vile, uncontrolled  rants of a mental case tell me this senator needs to find another line of work, where he doesn't have to interact with the public.

dwh123
dwh123

Calling someone a freak isn't very nice, but this senator's response absolutely proves beyond a doubt that he is a freak. If he doesn't have a thick skin, why is he in politics? And I question how straight he really is if he is looking up what this constituent looks like and commenting on his beard. That sounds awfully gay to me. This senator just screams flaming freak closet case. Good job, Missouri. Your elected officials are making you look like a Mississippi side show. I'm sure that does wonders for your business climate.

Tortfeasor
Tortfeasor

Wow.  So a senator cannot defend himself.  The guy calls him a freak, the senator asks for more civility, and the guy says he despises him.  Politically, I wouldn't have done it if I were Nieves...but "Bart Cohn" is a Grade-A jackass.

HolyMOly
HolyMOly

It's bad enough that Brian Nieves is so stupid that he gets in a no-win fight with a constituent.  That he is so dumb as to be ignorant of basic rules of spelling, punctuation and grammer is unforgivable!  He's not "Smarter Than A Fifth Grader!"  (Nor is he as mature...)

hjbscott
hjbscott

The Senate Majority Whip is offensive on several levels:  He  uses inappropriate language to a constituent.  He threatens a constituent. The errors in his comments (we'll for well and your for you're) are unforgivable, particularly since this person has control over legislation concerning education in the state of Missouri.  He really sounds like a seller on e-bay who's received negative feedback.  Come to think of it, I guess that's what has happened.  Please, Senator, take some grammar lessons and an anger management course.

maureenloyacono
maureenloyacono

I had no idea an elected official could use the language of the...let's said real users of Fb and Twitter - to get so upset.  It is funny and scary at the same time. He is a loose cannon.  If he reads this I am not in love with him.  I could never love a Republican politician,  but I digress. I live in KS, and we have our own political freaks. I often sent them tweets with remarks re: their stupid behaviors.  So far, I have had no repurcussions. Wow, now they are clued in, so I should be aware.  I am surprised the GOP men are so "sensitive" to discuss love with another man.They best be wary lest someone think them to be let's say less than manly and that would be chaos for their elections. 

tpeters700
tpeters700

So, a democratic resident in Missouri managed to bait a republican senator into a shouting match by calling him a freak. Smart.

drivr8
drivr8

Nieves was obviously sauced by the time he took to Facebook stalking for that last zinger.

ramv36
ramv36

Somewhere lost in all this static is the fact that THE STATE HAS ADMITTED TO BREACHING DEPT OF REVENUE INFO AS ACCUSED, AND THE DOR DIRECTOR HAS RESIGNED FOR CAUSE!!
This has blown up into a NATIONAL story/scandal, and I think it speaks to the RFT's uselessness that in order to get actual coverage of this unprecedented violation of state law, I have to read the San Francisco Chronicle!


The head of the MO Highway Patrol has ADMITTED in State Congressional testimony that he sent the list to the Feds by putting the info on a disc and mailing it. It's the largest breach of confidential citizen info in our state's history.

Perhaps you should get off your ass and try some journalism? 

rebecca.smith
rebecca.smith

Two people with time on their hands...unfortunately, one is an elected state official! This is our Missouri legislature at work. Or not.  Just sad...

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

Bart called him a freak, so what? He's not pretending to be a SENATOR. When you hold an office of such position, you are supposed to maintain civility, especially with your constituents. The APPROPRIATE response from Nieves as a SENATOR would've been to remove Cohn from the email list and be done with it. NO REPLY NECESSARY. Certainly NOT what Cohn received. Sounds like Nieves is an unintelligent loser with a chip on his shoulder and an axe to grind. Oh, and totally smitten with Cohn. Watch, I bet he tries to grow a beard next... 

twsmith180
twsmith180

In April 2011 I and others were witness to Mr. Nieves' sociopathic behavior within the walls of his senate office.  Then the very next week I start receiving his newsletter.  It is now 2013 and I think I have finally convinced him to stop sending me his trash talk.  The sad part is Franklin County Republicans don't know what to do with him either but they will elect him again.

NCSP
NCSP

"Are you threatening an elected official?" may be the most ironic sentence yet composed in the English language, as anyone who follows the links having to do with Nieves' history will see.

Jodi Ellen Stolzenbach
Jodi Ellen Stolzenbach

Aw, well I'm glad you have the decency to come out and apologize. I'd be frustrated, too... Hope you're feeling better! :)

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

I didn't omit any facts. I told Sam Levin, the writer, everything I've told you here. And emailing the RFT and forwarding the links was a pretty simple task. It literally took only minutes. If Brian contacts me again, which I suspect he might, I will also forward those communications for publication. Notice- if you do get around to reading the article- that Nieves signs off on every email as "Brian Nieves, Missouri Senator, Senate Majority Whip", etc. He did not simply sign off as "Brian Nieves". Now I've used up as much iPhone typing on you, Brian, as I care to, good day to you, sir.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

How about you read the article, Brian. Nieves repeatedly asks who I am even though my email address has my name in it and my emails are signed off with "Sent from Bart Cohn's iPhone". When I met Nieves, he'd showed up at a candidates forum at Hidden Valley Ski Area years ago, and I simply thanked him for showing up and shook his hand, just like I did with the other two candidates who showed up. But really, read the article, you might be able to answer some of your own questions. If you just plain don't like me, okay, got it. Next.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

I have had no prior contact with Nieves other than to speak to him briefly about something years ago (wasn't contentious). If you read my comments above, I agree I could have handled it differently. But it went down as it did. I don't regret saying the things I said. When I was an elected official years ago, I got plenty of off-color communications from constituents, never responded in the manner Nieves did. You're a pretty good second guesser though, reality doesn't always happen with hindsight there to help you make the call. Again, judge me if you'd like, but I'm just some guy- not your state legislator. If you don't see a difference there, well...

Bob Ell
Bob Ell

He's perfect for the position of whip - that's the person who has to "persuade" his or her party to vote certain ways.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Weren't you an alderman, Bart? Did you have a working or personal relationship with this man in the past? I'm asking because you act as if you're just a random citizen and I'm wondering if there's more to this. FWIW I think you both acted a little immature. A simple "please remove me" would have sufficed. In fact there was probably an "unsubscribe " link on the email.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

I am armed with an iPhone! I had a badly broken foot with torn tendons, had to have it surgically repaired, laid up for awhile. This entire exchange from my end and the aftermath was handled with the phone. And it's not even an assault model, just a regular old 5. The smartphone is mightier than the gun.

Rebecca Hohm
Rebecca Hohm

I wish the senator would spend his time helping the unemployed instead of playing 7th grade wargames on the internet.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@SRiley In my experience, it's the older generation who can't for the life of them spell anything properly online.  I mean, I'm sure young and old alike have their faults, but please don't blame my generation for the fucked-up state of modern political discourse. (Also Idiocracy tacitly supports eugenics.)

Anonymous
Anonymous

@dwh123 no one is gay here, heterosexual dudes are just giant wailing babies

ladyniko
ladyniko

@HolyMOly The problem is that Nieves IS a raging freak!  He does a radio show on like KPLW - a local AM station out in Washington and will rant and rave on air about anyone and anything.  His newsletters?  They are *always* full of spelling and grammatical errors - he doesn't know how to/bother to use the spell checker.  

He was involved in an assault case during the election in which he allegedly got into a fight with his opponent's campaign manager, I believe it was.  

I lived in his district and did NOT vote for him, however, the difference being between Washington, Union, St. Clair vs. Wildwood - education and religion! 

You have too many "Good Christians" (read uptight, 2 faced idiots) out there who were for him because he was anti-gun control and anti-abortion.  Plus, he was *local* - he wasn't an "outsider" like his democratic opponent from Wildwood was.  

I knew not to vote for him as soon as I saw his posters in the back windshield of the crazy nail tech I used to work with out there.  She's one of those "I'm holier than you are because I can sit here and read my bible all day long." Yet, had the least bit of interest in helping out any of her neighbors in needs. 

mitch_phxaz
mitch_phxaz

@tpeters700 note he does not identify as a Democrat just someone that doesnt want to be spammed. Since he asked to be removed that is all he needs to do. He doesnt even need to do it nicely. He could be a Libertarian for all you know.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

@ramv36 RFT did report on it, maybe you should get off your ass and try some reading. Cooperating with the federal government is illegal? Laughingstock. I hope the DOR sues the daylights out of Missouri for forcing him to step down. 

mitch_phxaz
mitch_phxaz

@ramv36 so what you are saying is that the rest of the US is laughing at Missouri for more than 1 reason.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@ThatsMyTattooo, re-read Nieves' reply to the freak comment. He called for more civility, and look at the message Nieves received to that request. Pure baiting. Nothing less.

ladyniko
ladyniko

@twsmith180 Because he's a "good old boy" - he's a local and they don't dare put a WOMAN up for this seat since that would just defeat their whole party...  :-p

I never made it on to his email list - thank goodness!  I'd be too tempted to highlight each error, put the corrections next to it in red and explain WHY what he had done there was incorrect and it was being sent back with corrections. 

I need to go change my voting address, since I don't live in Washington anymore....  just one more thing to do before the next election. 

tmford33139
tmford33139

@Bart Cohn Good Work exposing that freak!  Very entertaining

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Bart Cohn , signature files are standard emailing. Get over it.  Claire McCaskill has zipped a few ziggers, too, but no press on them. Why? Because I do not share private communications. She did not authorize the release of her writings. Something you should think about, too.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Bart Cohn , who you are is not a name. "A rose by any other name is still a rose." Perhaps you should take a chill pill and consider what is meant in a the correspondence. Who are you? Bart? No. You are more than your name. Citizen? public or private employee/employer? journalist or businessman? Who are you? Is not asking for your name. It is asking your background in life. You might have said, "I'm a freak baiting GOP state senators to publish in local smear campaigns." That would have gotten to the point immediately.

d.davie2
d.davie2

@Bart Cohn" I don't regret saying the things I said." this seems to be your problem Mr. Cohen.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Bart Cohn , you started by calling an elected official a freak. You decided to take the high ground in the matter. Very cold and heartless of one elected official from years ago to another now serving. Cold hearted. Might explain why you are a EX-elected official. When politics is rid of folks like you trying to stir up a shit fight, the better we all will be.

SRiley
SRiley

@Anonymous I'm part of that generation.  I wasn't referring to the grammar as much as the instant aggression that comes with the ability to react to something in real time.  I don't even think it's necessarily a bad thing as you get to see how people handle adversity.   Hopefully it will help us weed out people like Nieves.  

d.davie2
d.davie2

@mitch_phxaz @tpeters700 Perhaps if Cohen would have just asked to be removed that would have been it. But do civil people call others Freak? Cohen acted like a jerk and then is surprised someone would be offended.

Cohen got what he wanted, his 15 minutes of fame. As for the judgement he has requested, Cohen is a creep.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

@JamesMadison @ThatsMyTattooo It wasn't baiting, it was a statement, an opinion freely given - nothing more. I send and receive plenty of email with our state and local representation. Some quite passionately heated on my end, as you can well imagine. Never has one replied to me with such vitriolic ignorance, and I'm not just referring to his spelling 'efforts'. I'm well informed on the politics of Washington, WW, and Franklin County, with relatives who've lived their entire lives out there (I know when to use they're/their/there, unlike this genius), so if you're trying to say that Cohn shouldn't be allowed to express his opinion due to his post alderman status, or allowed to exercise his right to free speech, try again. If you want to be in public office, you know you're going to get flack, here or there, it comes with the job. It's how you conduct yourself with anything that 'hurts' but is "non-threatening" that matters. ANY response to Cohn's request should've been along the lines of "I'm sorry you feel that way, and that I was unable to secure your support. You have been removed from my mailing list & I apologize for any inconvenience." Then go home to your wife or cronies and bitch about it if you must. Whether this was a bait or not - is totally, completely irrelevant. 

Mirror
Mirror

@JamesMadison Nieves obviously is a mentally unstable freak, but he should at least have the intelligence and understanding of the respect he owes his position as an elected representative not to go off on a public paranoid rant over nothing.

louiszwu
louiszwu

@d.davie2 @mitch_phxaz @tpeters700 : Perhaps. But to expect excellence from one's elected officials is not unreasonable. For a single word to set him off like that tells me that his intellect has no control whatsoever over his emotions. Such a lack of impulse control makes him unfit for office. Not to mention his wasting of taxpayer resources chasing insane conspiracy theories. Then again, we are turning into a nation where superstition and ignorance are being held up as character virtues. Maybe that sort of mediocrity is the best we have anymore.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@ThatsMyTattooo, how in the world did you manage to conceive that I was calling for someone's right of free speech to be infringed? Absolutely amazing stretch. A call for civility is not a call for censoring speech. It is a call for self restraint. 

Cohn started the name-calling. The Senator replied that name-calling was inappropriate and made an inquiry. Cohn than lost control. It is at this point the Senator needed to follow his own advice. Cohn absolutely did bait the senator. The senator was foolish enough to take the bait.

For someone who thinks knowing the proper usage of they're, their, and there are prerequisite to elected office, you should first read the Constitution of the State of Missouri. I do not find that in those words. Second, when one is correcting grammar, they ought not state their comment with a run-on sentence. We all make grammatical errors. Even the RFT with a staff of editors still have that issue haunting them. There are plenty of issues in the Senator's responses to a citizen to complain about. Grammar ranks at the bottom. I only require effective communications from my elected officials, even if it has misspellings/typos. I'll take the misspellings/typos over stupid ideas any day of the week.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Mirror , politicians are nothing more than another person in society. They are not more intelligent, not better looking, nor are they less likely to react when provoked. They are human beings.

That said, we do wish politicians were better examples for others to follow. And both politicians (current and former) acted like children. Cohn wanted to play school yard bully and start the name calling. Then he got upset with another email from Nieves. Cohn acted out a second time, and that dragged the state senator down into the mud and name-calling.

So before declaring someone mentally unstable and continue the name-calling, consider what that says about yourself. I'm taking a wild guess you are not a psychologist to offer an educated position on someone's mental stability, as any decent psychologist would not be labeling someone a freak, nor would one offer such an opinion based on one small sampling of an (unverified) email exchange.

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