JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Two Missouri Republicans in the U.S. House said Gov. Eric Greitens made the right choice in stepping down from office.
The GOP governor announced his resignation Tuesday, effective Friday afternoon. He was facing possible impeachment and potential criminal cases related to a 2015 extramarital affair and his alleged use of a charity donor list for political purposes.
Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Ann Wagner spoke out after Greitens announced Tuesday that he will leave office after months of what he called "legal harassment."
The governor was facing possible impeachment. A special prosecutor was considering re-filing a criminal case related to Greitens' 2015 extramarital affair with his St. Louis hairdresser. Another criminal case accusing Greitens of using charity donor list for political purposes was pending. It's uncertain if those cases will still move forward. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is expected to make an announcement Wednesday.
Wagner said in a statement that she has faith in Lt. Gov. Mike Parsons, who becomes governor Friday. Luetkemeyer, in a statement, says he has been "disturbed" by the allegations against Greitens, and he's hopeful the state can put the turmoil behind it.
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said in a statement that he had high hopes when Greitens took office in 2017, but now he believes the governor made the right decision in stepping down. Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe says in a statement that the resignation announcement "marks the conclusion to a drama that has drawn on for far too long."