ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three Missouri Republican lawmakers have asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to consider resigning amid allegations of blackmail.
Tuesday, Rep. Kathie Conway of St. Charles confirmed to News 4 that she has asked Gov. Greitens to consider resigning.
Also, Rep. Marsha Haefner of Oakville issued a statement in which she said: "Governor Greitens is no longer fit to hold Missouri's highest office." “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time.” Maya Angelo
When a man cheats on his wife, it's a family matter. When the Governor of Missouri cheats, then allegations of victimizing his mistress, blackmail, bribes and his taxpayer funded employee involves herself in questioning the attorney for the accuser follow, it becomes a state matter. This is the situation we find ourselves in today. I find no pleasure in saying this, but I believe Governor Greitens is no longer fit to hold Missouri's highest office.
Questions about the ethics of his conduct have plagues the Governor for over a year now. The "dark money" and an investigation for the possible breech of Sunshine Laws regarding the practice of destroying texts are troubling, at best. Now there is the criminal investigation in St. Louis. He no longer has the trust and support of many in the legislature. We have to work as a team to accomplish what citizens expect us to do, but our leader is now ineffective. Missourians deserve better. There is too much at stake.
Eric Greitens was elected Governor based on campaign promises of ethics, transparency, family values and ridding our state of "corrupt politicians" who stood in the way of moving Missouri forward. He's attacked good people to elevate his status while taking credit for the work of others. And now we're faced with this embarrassing situation. In a letter he wrote two years ago he stated it's "our duty to kill the snakes." As a public servant it's my duty to ask for Governor Greitens to resign immediately and allow Missouri to move on, move forward and get back to work. 3rd District State Representative Nate Walker also issued a statement suggesting Gov. Greiten's resignation.:"I was proud to be one of the first supporters of Eric Greitens for governor.
I believe in his first year, he has accomplished many things that will benefit the state for decades to come. It has become clear after the very courageous statements by Reps. Conway and Haefner, this scandal will make it impossible to lead the state going forward. Last night’s news of state employees being involved in attempting to control the scandal is further proof that that this will not be going away anytime soon.
It is my belief the Governor should resign so that the state can move forward focusing on the issues that we all care about."
Rep. Steve Cookson from Poplar Bluff has also called for Greitens to step down:
I want to thank Eric Greitens for his service to the nation and the State of Missouri, and specifically for appointing me to the Organ Donor Task Force. However, after the events of last week including the victim confirming that it was in fact her voice on the tape that aired Wednesday night. I want to appeal to his sense of CHARACTER, and any regard he may have for the good folks of the State of Missouri, I'm calling for him to step down and resign as Governor of the State of Missouri so that the work on the many issues he has expressed concern for can resume without these distractions. May God continue to bless Eric and his family and all the families involved, and may God bless the Great State of Missouri.
In a recording obtained by News 4, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Gov. Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet.
The details were provided to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming a sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015. According to the ex-husband, the recording was made just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first sexual encounter. He also alleged that Greitens took a photograph during the encounter to use as “blackmail” according to the ex-husband.
In a statement provided to News 4 Wednesday night, Gov. Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair.
Shortly after the blackmail allegations were made public, Sen. Nasheed posted a call for Gov. Greitens to resign on Twitter:
"It's clear to me that these are very disturbing charges and we'll see what investigating or further reporting may bring," Rep. Gina Mitten, assistant minority floor leader, told News 4. "In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with Sheena, the kids, and Missourians because this is a very troubling situation.
Wednesday night, Missouri State Representative Jean Evans released the following statement:I have nothing but respect for Dr. Greitens. She’s asked for privacy and I will respect her wishes.The Missouri Senate Leadership released a statement, saying:“Like many Missourians, we find these serious allegations shocking and concerning. As this situation is evolving, we expect the governor to be honest and forthright.”News 4 received reaction from Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City Thursday. Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal says she was alarmed at the allegations against the governor.
"He needs to have a conversation with his god and determine if whether these facts that come out are so severe he needs to resign," said Senator Chappelle-Nadal.
She says she wants more facts about what the governor did or did not do, so she has stopped short of signing the letter calling for an investigation.
State Senator Doug Libla is calling for swift action.The Republican lawmaker drafted a letter calling for Attorney General Josh Hawley to investigate the governor.
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