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Mo. GOP officials react to Greitens resignation announcement

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Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens announces he won't step down ahead of a report released by a legislative committee investigating him. Credit: KMOV Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens announces he won't step down ahead of a report released by a legislative committee investigating him. Credit: KMOV
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Many elected Republicans in Missouri say that Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens did the right thing by announcing his resignation.

Greitens announced Tuesday that he will step down on Friday. He is facing several accusations, which include breaking campaign finance laws and taking a photo of a woman he was having an affair with in a compromising position and threatening to share it if she spoke about their relationship.

After news of the affair first broke, several Republicans in Missouri called on him to step down.

Following Greitens statement, leaders of the GOP caucus in  the Missouri House released the following statement:

We believe the Governor has put the best interest of Missourians first today by choosing to resign. The past few months have been difficult for everyone involved, including the Governor and his family. This is a serious and solemn occasion that reminds us that our state and our duty are bigger than any one person or party.

The House stands ready to help ensure a smooth transition of power to Governor Parson. The hallmark of democracy is that our public service is temporary. Missouri has been blessed with an unbroken line of men and women in public service who have worked to make our state better, and the work of the many dedicated public servants, who work tirelessly for the people of Missouri, will continue.

The responsibility the House undertook with its investigation is not a path any of us would have chosen, but it is one we were obligated to pursue in an effort to do what is best for our state. We want to thank the members of the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight for the serious and professional manner in which they went about their task. We also want to thank the staff for the countless hours and sacrifices they made.

As public servants, our solemn duty is to put the best interests of the people of this great state first in every decision we make. The Governor’s decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley:

Governor Greitens has done the right thing today. I wish incoming Governor Mike Parson well and stand ready to assist him in his transition. This Office’s work for the people of Missouri goes forward.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt:

The governor made the best decision for his family and the state. I look forward to Gov. Parson's leadership and will do everything I can to be helpful.

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer:

I have been disturbed by the allegations surrounding Governor Greitens over the past few months. This has been a distraction for our entire state and undermined his ability to lead. I am hopeful we can quickly put this behind us and Missouri can move forward under new leadership.

MO GOP Chairman Todd Graves:

"Throughout his tenure as a Sheriff, State Representative, and State Senator, Mike has always worked hard for Missourians, and I am certain he will continue to hold a strong commitment to our state as Governor. There is no doubt our Party has faced a difficult couple of months - but make no mistake - Missouri Republicans know there is much at stake this November and we will be united in our efforts to champion common sense conservative values across the board.

The Missouri Republican Party looks forward to working with Mike Parson to defend our veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. In addition, a united Republican Party will now focus on our number one goal: retiring Claire McCaskill from the United States Senate."

Congresswoman Ann Wagner: 

“Governor Eric Greitens has made the right decision for his family and for the State of Missouri. Now is the time for us to move forward, and I have faith in our next Governor, Mike Parson, to lead us in the months and years to come.”

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson:

With Governor Greitens’ decision to resign from office, he has put the best interests of our state and all Missourians at the forefront where they belong. This is a decision that will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a difficult time. This is an enormous responsibility serving as our state’s next governor, and I am ready to fulfill the duties of the office with honor and integrity, and with a steadfast commitment to making our great state even greater for the people we are entrusted to serve.

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