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Walker calls for resignation of Gov. Greitens amid scandal

Last Wednesday, the governor came under fire for allegations that he blackmailed a woman with a nude photo of her while campaigning. (KTVO File)

Local Republican State Representative Nate Walker, of Kirksville, is calling for the resignation of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Last Wednesday, the governor came under fire for allegations that he blackmailed a woman with a nude photo of her allegedly taken in 2015.

On Thursday, Walker told KTVO he was disappointed and had higher hopes for the governor, who denied the blackmail allegations, but admitted to having an extramarital affair.

Monday, three Republican lawmakers, including two women, called on Greitens to resign.

Rep. Kathie Conway, R-St. Charles, said that if the governor did not step down, "it could prompt a lengthy investigation that would be humiliating for everyone involved."

Rep. Marsha Haefner, R-Oakville, echoed those sentiments by saying "Greitens is no longer fit to hold Missouri's highest office."

Tuesday afternoon, Walker, who was one of Greitens first supporters, added his voice to those calling for the governor's resignation. Walker also referenced reports that an attorney for the governor's office, a public employee, called a St. Louis lawyer to find out more about the allegations before KMOV-TV aired its initial story on the scandal last week.


Walker's full statement is below:

I believe in his first year, he has accomplished many things that will benefit the state for decades to come. It has become clear after the very courageous statements by Reps. Conway and Haefner, this scandal will make it impossible to lead the state going forward. [Monday] night's news of state employees being involved in attempting to control the scandal is ... further proof that this will not be going away anytime soon. It is my belief that the governor should resign so that the state can move forward focusing on the issues we all care about.

While he made no mention of the calls for him to resign, Governor Eric Greitens issued the following statement late Tuesday afternoon:

Team,

Before I was elected Governor, I made a mistake. It was a personal mistake, and I am sorry. I am sorry for the pain it caused to everyone impacted, including Sheena, our boys, our families, our friends, and people who have relied on me. I took responsibility with my family back when this happened, asked for God’s forgiveness and Sheena’s, and Sheena and I dealt with this together, privately. I was, and today I still am, grateful for her forgiveness and love.

Much has now been written about this, and many of the assertions made have not been truthful and have proven extremely hurtful to Sheena, as well as to me. For us, the allegations that go so far beyond the facts have made this much more difficult. I made a mistake, I regret it, and Sheena and I have dealt with it between us. For us, that is where this story starts, and that is where this story ends. We again ask for privacy for everyone involved.

Then and now, we are focused on moving forward. 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. We have been, and we will, continue to work for and to fight for the people of Missouri. We will take our state in a new and better direction. There is still much work to be done, and we are back to work for the people of Missouri.

Eric


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