Gov. Eric Greitens is facing fresh calls for his resignation, this time from Republican lawmakers that haven’t quarreled with the GOP chief executive in the past.
It’s the latest indication that Greitens is in a perilous position after admitting last week that he had an extramarital affair before becoming governor, but denying accusations that he attempted to blackmail the woman.
New statements from state Reps. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, and Kathie Conway, R-St. Charles, mark the first time Republicans in the GOP-controlled House called for Greitens to step down.
On a day that Greitens’ attorney said the governor was not reconsidering his decision to stay in office, Greitens took to social media Tuesday to issue an extended personal apology.
“I ask for your forgiveness and hope you can find it in your heart to do so. I assure you that this personal mistake will not deter us from the mission we were sent here to do,” he said.
An open secret
Reports emerged Tuesday that Greitens’ political opponents knew of his affair more than a year ago, before he was elected. According to Roy Temple, former chair of the Missouri Democratic Party, “was just kind of common knowledge in political circles.”