Walker reacts to Greitens scandal
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
Negative upon the state of Missouri.
That's how one state lawmaker is describing the news that Governor Eric Greitens was "unfaithful" in his marriage, including allegations that the then-candidate blackmailed a woman with a nude photo of her.
Late Wednesday night, Greitens and his wife released a statement acknowledging he had a sexual relationship with his former hairdresser in 2015.
That statement came after KMOV in St. Louis reported the story which overshadowed the governor's annual State of the State Address to the legislature.
The report alleges that Greitens took a nude photo of the woman while she was tied up for sexual purposes in his basement, and that he threatened to release it if she ever spoke of the incident.
Local State Representative Nate Walker (R), of Kirksville, was at the governor's address and said it was different than year's past.
He told KTVO he felt the speech was "brief" and that Greitens could have used that platform to break the story himself.
KTVO was also told that rumors had been making the rounds in the Capitol Building Wednesday afternoon about a story focusing on the governor's personal life.
Walker says that he was an early supporter of Greitens, but he said he feels the governor needs to be more straightforward on a number of issues.
"I'm disappointed. I was hoping for more from this governor. But, I've not yet asked or raised the question that he needs to resign. I think he needs to look inside and figure out what is best for him and his family and everybody concerned. I have him in my prayers."
Walker says that he and other state lawmakers will now watch to see how Greitens continues to handle the situation.