The affair was consensual, but could have serious consequences for his political career. All across our nation in 2017, politicians resigned due to similar sex scandals. Some are twisting the knife.
Greitens, a Republican and Missouri's first Jewish governor, rocked the Republican-dominated Legislature Wednesday night by an extramarital affair, while denying the blackmail allegations.
A local news report this week featured allegations that Missouri Governer Eric Greitens once had an affair with a married woman, and tried to blackmail her to keep it under wraps. He and Sheena Greitens were married in 2011 and have two young sons. He also wasn't shy on attacking his political opponents personally: For instance, he went after then-Lt. These biting comments, made in 2016, came months after Greitens' affair occurred.
On Thursday, the square-jawed 43-year-old was fighting allegations that he photographed a hairdresser naked while having an affair with her and threatened to publicize the image if she spoke about their relationship.
A pro-Greitens group, A New Missouri, has also run ads targeting specific Republican lawmakers.
In this era of national heightened awareness and introspection on the treatment of victimized persons in our society, my client seeks to heighten the awareness of the reality that for every woman who has been exploited, victimized, and used by a man in a position of power and authority, there are scores of others, including spouses, significant others, friends, and minor children who become nothing short of forgotten collateral damage, carnage at the side of the interstate.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said Thursday she will launch a criminal investigation into whether Governor Eric Greitens blackmailed a former mistress. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, to broach the possibility of impeachment.
All this came tumbling out on what was supposed to be a banner evening for Greitens.
She says Greitens' resignation would "give Missouri the opportunity to restore some dignity to the governor's office". "We want transparency. We want to know exactly what happened". In response, she has consistently and continuously asked the reporters to not publish the story.
The Republican governor has admitted to being "unfaithful" but denies the rest. He pointed to how Greitens constantly picked fights with Republican lawmakers who he needs to pass his agenda.
"I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said, 'You're never going to mention my name'". There are people who are ready to see him go today. "I think they'll be silent and let him implode on his own if that's what happens".
"My client pays me a chunk of change, because I'm a whore; that's the way I operate", Watkins said. In these matters, when you're dealing with a crisis situation, you need to get a statement out there that will withstand the test of time.
Greitens' attorney James Bennett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the allegations were false and were politically motivated. National publications are already speculating that the news could damage Greitens' ambitions to be a presidential or vice presidential candidate.
Greitens faces not just political but possible legal peril. He has only been governor for a little over a year. Both Parson and Greitens are Republicans, but Parson sharply disagreed with Greitens' successful bid to halt state low-income housing tax credits.
Right now, the possibility of Parson becoming governor is hypothetical.
In his tweets, Greitens said his wife has forgiven him and their marriage is stronger than ever, so he hopes this will remain a "private" matter.
Senate Democratic leaders Gina Walsh and Kiki Curls said "violence and threats against women are never acceptable" and that the allegations must be investigated.