Republican lawmakers call for Greitens to resign amid indictment

Posted at 3:06 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 18:40:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A day after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted, some in his party are calling for him to resign.

Seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, Greitens recently has been on defense.

He has repeatedly denied claims he took a nude photo of a woman he had an affair with in 2015 in order to blackmail her to keep the affair quiet.

A day after being indicted for a felony invasion of privacy charge, members of his own party are calling for him to step down.

Rep. Kevin Engler of Farmington confirmed to 41 Action News that a list is circulating of Republican lawmakers who agree Greitens should resign.

Engler says the list has at least 20 signatures.

“Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent governor, we have a standard that is high for public officials and do what's right regardless of party affiliation,” said Rep. Kevin Corlew.

Corlew represents the Northland, Clay and Platte counties.

Gov. Greitens calls this indictment political; Corlew disagrees.

“They are randomly selected from the citizens, the grand jury went through evidence and determined that there is probable cause, so I don't think the grand jury motive would be political," said Corlew.

When it comes to the day-to-day business of the legislature, House Minority Leader and Kansas City Democrat Gail McCann Beatty said this will be a distraction.

“Far less legislation is moving as a result of it so it's having a definite negative impact on our state,” said McCann Beatty.

Greitens continues to deny the allegations against him and his attorney has filed a motion for dismissal of the case