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In spite of calls to resign from legislative leaders in both chambers, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) insisted last week he will not step down over the growing number of scandals surrounding his administration.
Greitens is facing a felony trial next month over allegations he tried to blackmail a woman he has admitted to having an affair with. He is also facing numerous questions around the actions of a charity he ran prior to running for governor.
In a joint statement, House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo and House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, all Republicans, declared that “When leaders lose the ability to effectively lead our state, the right thing to do is step aside. In our view, the time has come for the governor to resign.”
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R) issued a separate statement saying that if Greitens doesn’t step down of his own volition lawmakers should “immediately start impeachment proceedings.”
Greitens took to social media to defend himself.
“In three weeks, this matter will go to a court of law _ where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence,” he said in a Twitter post. “Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf.”
All of the statements came last Tuesday afternoon, after State Attorney General Josh Hawley, also a Republican, held a press conference to announce that Greitens may have committed a felony by using a charity donor list to solicit donations to fuel his 2016 campaign for governor. (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, GOVERNING)