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McCaskill, Hawley among those calling on Greitens to resign

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley speaks at a news conference in St. Louis. (AP Images) Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley speaks at a news conference in St. Louis. (AP Images)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Reaction to the Missouri House’s investigation findings of Gov. Eric Greitens are pouring in from both sides of the aisle.

Thursday morning, the Missouri Senate majority leader became the highest-ranking member of the state Legislature to call for Gov. Greitens to resign. In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe said allegations in a recent House report show Greitens has lost the "moral authority and the ability to lead." Kehoe and Greitens are both Republicans.

Hours before Kehoe's statement, Congresswoman Ann Wagner took to Twitter and stated she believes Gov. Greitens is "unfit to lead" Missouri.

After the House investigatory report was released Wednesday evening, the front-runners in the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri called on Greitens to step down. 

Read: House Greitens Committee report 

The favorite for the GOP nomination, Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement:

The House Investigative Committee’s Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill also called on Greitens to step down:

WATCH: The Latest: Greitens accuser states she was never offered money for silence

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt has not called on Greitens to step aside but called what was alleged in the report "disturbing": 

The allegations in the report are very concerning. As I said previously, both the legislative and legal processes that are underway are appropriate and should continue moving forward.

Democratic State Representative Peter Meredith weighed in on the findings 20 minutes before Greitens made his statement.

News 4’s Russell Kinsaul spoke with Democratic Rep. Deb Lavenear who said, “It’s a sad day for Missouri.” Rep. Lavender went on to say the report is graphic, woman is credible & the governor should resign.

Democrat Doug Beck called on Greitens to resign:

Upon reviewing the report from the Special Committee on Oversight, I believe that out of respect for the people of Missouri and the well- being of his family, the Governor should resign immediately.  We are in the last five weeks of the legislative session and legislators’ time would be better spent on the work of the people instead of his endless scandal which has a cost to taxpayers in both time and money.  If the Governor does not resign immediately then the House of Representatives should take the appropriate steps to restore dignity to the Office of the Governor.

Democratic Sen. Jamliah Nasheed released the following statement also calling on Greitens to resign:

Today's report from the House Special Investigative Committee only strengthens my resolve to bring an end to the damage Governor Greitens has done to our state. Gov. Greitens has to go. He is not the victim in this case and his contention otherwise is not only a cheap attempt to switch the narrative, but also pathetic and offensive to the real victims. Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity and instead they got a man who compromised the integrity of the governor's office. 

Republican State Representative Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff released a statement saying, "I would just say where, part of the place where I represent character is important and we'll find out if character is important and we'll find out if character is important to the rest of the state of Missouri."

Republican State Rep. Kevin Engler of Farmington said, "I've been disappointed with the governor on the whole thing I don't know if this changes the name of the game." 

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson released the following statement: 

With the recent events that have distracted our great state, I want to say with all sincerity that it is time to unite and put aside our differences. Over the course of several months, it has been a trying time for many people. My heart goes out to the families involved. However, all Missourians must continue to stay focused on the task at hand – moving Missouri forward. We owe it to ourselves and generations to come.

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