Greitens allegations cloud Missouri legislative session - KMOV.com

Greitens allegations cloud Missouri legislative session

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Both the Missouri House and Senate were busy Wednesday, determined to get back to work even as some admit the cloud of the allegations against Gov. Eric Greitens is hanging over them.

“I think there’s a lot of tension,” said House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty.

Beatty says it’s time that Greitens left the Executive Mansion if that’s where he is. Lawmakers who spoke to News 4 say they haven’t seen Greitens in a week, only reading his apologetic postings on social media.

“We haven’t heard anything from him himself and he owes the people of Missouri to have that conversation,” said Beatty.

GOP leadership in the legislature has also been quiet, refusing to comment and quietly telling members to continue with legislative business.

St. Louis area-Republican Marcia Haefner, who has said Greitens may not be fit for office anymore, hinted the House may make a move.

“We can, through a resolution, open up an investigation ourselves with subpoena power and do our own investigation in-house, which is an option being considered,” said Haefner.

Others have a wait-and-see approach.

“I think if other things come out that have been accused, then that would make a major difference. Until that happens, I think the governor weathers this and we get our stuff done whether that happens or not,” said Kevin Engler, R-Farmington.

Others however quietly say they believe Greitens stepping down is inevitable.

“A lot of them do, simply for the fact that at the governor’s age, they don’t think it is his first time at the rodeo so to speak. There are other things that will come out,” said Bob Burns, D-south St. Louis County.

Greitens has also canceled a statewide tour to promote his proposed tax cuts.

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