JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, is losing support from his own party after a television station’s report last week of his extramarital love affair that occurred before he assumed office. In the report, the mistress, secretly recorded by her now ex-husband, also claims the governor sought to blackmail her with nude photographs to keep the affair quiet.
Greitens has offered an apology for the affair, but has said the blackmail allegations are false. He now faces a criminal investigation from a St. Louis circuit attorney.
Several Democratic lawmakers sought the governor’s resignation last week, but, for a while, Republicans seemed to hold their tongues.
On Tuesday, as many as five Republican members of the General Assembly went public, asking Greitens to willfully step down.
One of those lawmakers, Sen. Rob Schaaf, a Republican from St. Joseph, gave a speech on the Senate floor. In the Tuesday evening address, Schaaf outlined other areas in which he has previously admonished the governor. The senator has frequently butted heads with Greitens on issues including education and government transparency.
At the close of his oration, Schaaf spoke directly to the camera as if addressing Greitens himself.
“No matter how you spin it, you cannot escape the stench of cover-up,” Schaaf said. “So governor, I’m asking you, please resign.”
Watch Schaaf’s speech below.