WV gov says lawmaker ought to resign for express TikTok video
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Saturday called for the resignation of a state legislature who posted a sexually explicit TikTok video on his public account.
State Del. Joe Jeffries was removed from his committee on Friday after the social media posting circulated, according to a statement by House spokesman Roger Hanshaw, who described his Republican as an “embarrassment”.
On Saturday, the state’s Republican governor issued a statement describing Jeffrie’s behavior as “sad” and “childish”.
“Not only did he yell graphic comments about me to a group of senators during the last legislative session, but now we discover that his not-so-secret TikTok is full of obnoxiously vulgar videos that are particularly insulting to women,” Justice said Read. “This is the behavior of an immature child, not a 39-year-old father and elected official.”
The governor said he expected to hear an apology from Jeffries by Saturday morning, “but all he’s done is hide from the media and criticism.”
Jeffries did not immediately respond to a phone message in his office or an email from The Associated Press on Saturday afternoon.
Jeffries, whose district includes a group of counties near the state capital Charleston, released the video Thursday. His account was put into private on Friday afternoon.
Belinda Biafore, leader of the West Virginia Democratic Party, said Jeffries had “a series of inappropriate and vulgar videos with his own sexually explicit comments on a social media app aimed at teenagers.”