5 Republicans Call for Missouri's GOP Governor to Resign

January 17, 2018

Republicans inside the capital city on Tuesday debated whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign after revelations of his extramarital affair and related allegations of possible blackmail surfaced last week.

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Five GOP lawmakers publicly called on Greitens to step aside or said the governor should consider doing so. Their statements came Tuesday, the first workday after the holiday weekend. Other Republicans said it was too early to call for his resignation or expressed hope that the distraction would not derail the party’s legislative agenda.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, stayed silent on Tuesday as he entered and exited a GOP caucus meeting, declining to take questions from reporters.

“The speaker has told us that everybody has to do what they think the right thing to do is,” said Rep. Kathie Conway, the term-limited St. Charles Republican who said Greitens should “consider” resigning. “The speaker would never ask us to toe a line, and I don’t even know what his opinion is.”

Greitens’ infidelity and the allegations of threats or blackmail have dominated media attention and hallway chatter this past week. KMOV (Channel 4) first reported last Wednesday night that Greitens had an extramarital affair as he prepared his run for governor; he has acknowledged the affair, but he denied related allegations that he took a compromising photo of the woman and threatened to release it if she ever spoke of their relations.

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