(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey made his move to fire Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner after she refused to resign following a tragic accident that involved a repeat offender who was free despite several violations of his bond terms.
“I initiated legal proceedings to remove her from office,” Bailey said. “That was filed at 12:01 p.m. today. Instead of protecting victims, Circuit Attorney Gardner is creating them. My office will do everything in its power to restore order, and eliminate the chaos in St. Louis caused by Kim Gardner’s neglect of her office.”
Gov. Mike Parson said: “What I believe is that she is not doing what she needs to be doing as the prosecutor of St. Louis.”
“It would be in the best interest of the city — and this is my opinion, I’m not speaking for the caucus — for Kim Gardner to resign and let the city move on,” said Dem state Rep. Steve Butz.
“This is about a quantum of evidence that demonstrates her failure to prosecute cases, failure to inform and confer with victims in cases and failure to file new cases that are referred by law enforcement agencies,” Bailey told Fox News.
“I’m a former prosecutor. I’ve worked in a county prosecutor’s office, and what motivated me every day was the rule of law and finding justice for victims.
“And rather than finding justice for victims and protecting victims, the circuit attorney of the city of St. Louis was creating new victims.
“And someone’s got to hold her accountable and that’s that’s why we’re moving forward with our quo warranto,” he added.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner held a press conference on Thursday. Her supporters were in the audience and cheered her work as Circuit Attorney. St. Louis has one of the highest homicide rates in the world.