Missouri governor's spokesman says resignation rumors are false

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-19 22:35:00-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Amid resignation rumors, today Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’s spokesman denied the governor would step down. 

There have been rumors on social media and other sources that the governor would resign Friday. 

Parker Bridens, the governor’s spokesman, said the governor’s office has seen the resignation rumors and described them as completely false. 

Greitens has been working through scandal after he admitted last week that he had an affair before he was elected governor. Greitens denied allegations that he blackmailed the woman to stay quiet. 

"Both chambers are trying to go along business as usual but that is difficult to do because you just don't know what is going to happen," said House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Democrat from Kansas City. "It is very much distracting." 

Lawmakers are expected to be busy this session. Earlier this year the governor and top GOP lawmakers outlined goals to change the state's tax laws, among other issues. 

In his State of the State address, Greitens boasted he would soon unveil "the boldest state tax reform in America." However, the governor cancelled his tax reform tour and posted a video on social media instead. 

"He's silent. He seems to be hiding behind closed doors and no one seems to have access to him," said Beatty. 

If Greitens was to resign Lt. Gov. Mike Parson would take over.