Lawmakers respond, some call for Greitens resignation after affair, blackmail allegations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There was a lot of talk Thursday morning from legislators on both sides of the aisle, as some called for the governor to resign, while others say they're praying for the families involved, after a report came out late Wednesday night alleging Governor Eric Greitens blackmailed a woman he later admitted to having affair with in 2015.

"If it's true, it's very troubling. The affair is very troubling. My heart goes out to both families that were affected by this," said Manchester Republican Rep. Jean Evans.

"If these allegations are true, proven true, I think he should resign. Absolutely," added St. Louis Democrat Rep. Doug Beck.

Some representatives, like Kansas City Democrat Lauren Arthur, took to twitter calling for Greiten's resignation, but House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, also of Kansas City, says she wants an investigation into the allegations before calling for a resignation.

"I would like to let the investigation play out and see what the real allegations are before I would do that," Beatty said.

In the Senate, Republican Doug Libla has written a letter to State Attorney General Josh Hawley to investigate these allegations, which got some bipartisan support.

However, Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who faced repercussions for a facebook post calling for President Trump's assassination in August, is calling out some members of her own party.

"Those Democrats who asked for my resignation were very slow, or did not ask for either Warren Love's resignation or Governor Greitens' resignation," Chappelle-Nadal said. "So, there is a racial component to this that's very important to address."

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rob Shaaf, a vocal opponent to the Governor, called Libla's letter "good leadership" and last night, he tweeted after these allegations against the Governor broke saying quote "Stick a fork in him."

He says his opinion on the governor hasn't changed.

"I feel the same way about the governor today than I did a month ago," Schaaf said. "There's problems with dark money in this administration, and I think they're orders of magnitude more important than the allegations from yesterday."

Chappelle-Nadal said she has some words of advice for Greitens.

"Certainly, the allegations are worrisome, but, the advice I would give the governor at this point is to seek refuge in his religious leadership," Chappelle-Nadal said. "If I were him, [I'd] embrace that, and take this as an opportunity to become a better person."

Attorney General Josh Hawley's office released a statement Thursday evening saying his office doesn't have jurisdiction to investigate, and shortly after, Kimberley Gardner, the Circuit Attorney in St. Louis announced she is opening a formal investigation into the blackmail allegations surrounding Greitens.

While Greitens has admitted to the affair, he has denied any involvement in blackmailing.

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