Missouri was rocked on Tuesday, May 29 by a surprise announcement from the Governor’s office.
Just after 4:30 p.m., Gov. Eric Greitens took to the podium to announce his resignation effective on 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1.
Greitens had come under fire recently after details of an affair were made public and three separate felony counts levied against the state’s chief executive — one for the affair which was eventually dropped and referred to a special prosecutor, and two for alleged computer tampering, which he still faces.
Greitens spoke for 4 minutes to make the announcement in front of gathered media representatives.
On Monday, May 21 the Missouri General Assembly began a special term which was exploring the process of possible impeachment proceedings against the governor.
“Today we turn our attention back to the sober task of governing,” State Representative Kevin Corlew, who represents southeastern Platte County, said. “Issues like growing our economy, building a vibrant workforce, investing in world-class schools and overhauling our transportation infrastructure must sit front and center as we look towards the future. I am ready to work with Gov. Mike Parson and my legislative colleagues as we advance an agenda that will bring peace and prosperity to the Northland.”