More Republicans questioning whether Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should stay

Lucy Bush
February 24, 2018

Eric Greitens was having a rocky 15 months as Missouri governor even before being charged this week with felony invasion of privacy tied to his 2015 extramarital affair.

In a weird bit of narrative jiu jitsu, the party somehow has laid the blame at the feet of billionaire, and bogeyman to the alt-right, George Soros.

Greitens still says he will not resign from the governor's seat despite calls to do so from several lawmakers- both Republican and Democrat.

"Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups", Sam Cooper, the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, said in a statement released Friday morning.

The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens amounts to a "political hit job" by a Democratic prosecutor.

Gardner is a former Democratic lawmaker who served in the House of Representatives.

In 2015, the woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took the compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

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The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) called on the Republican Governors Association (RGA) when the charges were filed to remove Greitens from their Executive Committee.

The Missouri GOP's criticism of the indictment stands in stark contrast to the dozens of GOP lawmakers now calling for Greitens to resign.

The Republican Governors Association, a group that works to elect GOP governors nationally, announced Friday that Greitens will give up his position on the association's steering committee and skip its winter conference to "fight back against what his team has called a baseless charge".

Gardener said in a statement that it is essential for residents of Missouri to have confidence in their leaders.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, from Jefferson City, issued a powerful statement asking "whether the governor has the ability to effectively lead the state going forward".

"In my 40 years of representing the public here and representing personal litigates, I have never seen anything like this in my life", said Dowd.

A local reporter spotted Greitens being taken into custody at St. Louis' Carnahan Courthouse Thursday afternoon before he was released on bond.

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He thinks the governor should resign or be removed, because "his public trust has been so damaged" as well as "the image of the state of Missouri".

The indictment stated that on or about March 21, 2015, the defendant "knowingly photographed" the woman, identified as "K.S.", "in a state of full or partial nudity" without her knowledge or consent.

His attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., also said Greitens didn't commit a crime.

Greitens was arrested, booked and released on his felony charge on Thursday.

St. Louis circuit attorney Gardner has since responded to Greitens, claiming that the attacks will not deter her efforts. "Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a liar and alleged criminal". On February 23, the RGA announced that Greitens would be stepping down and cancelling an appearance with their organization in Washington, D.C. "This law has never been prosecuted this way and it is safe to say if Eric Greitens wasn't governor, it wouldn't have been this time either".

Court documents show he's scheduled to face a judge on March 16.

His charity, The Mission Continues, faced scrutiny during the campaign when Democrats accused him of insider politics for accessing the donor list to raise about $2 million through its top contributors.

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