With his victim suit on, Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation, effective June 1, with no contrition made for his misdeeds and for the havoc he caused the state, including the costs resulting from multiple legal investigations.
In his resignation message, he cited the harm to his family from all of the negative media attention to the allegations and legal entanglements he faced, including possible impeachment. He played the victim role indicating that forces were out to get him, and there was no end to what they were doing to him.
Greitens has no one to blame but himself. As a former Rhodes scholar, one would think he should have known better than to do what he did in using dark money, allegedly using a foundation’s donor list in obtaining campaign funds and data tampering. There were other allegations, which were mounting against him. He escaped, at least temporarily, a charge of invasion of privacy resulting from an affair with a hairdresser who was his mistress.
hen a judge ruled that he must honor a House investigative committee subpoena ordering him to turn over campaign records and other data, and testify before the committee, he called it quits because he feared possible consequences.
hen he began his campaign for governor, he came off as the great White Knight, an outsider, who was going to save Missourians from corruption in the General Assembly. We recall his first campaign appearance in Washington, at the riverfront, where a number of law enforcement supporters in uniform attended. In other talks here and elsewhere that we attended, his lack of knowledge of state government stood out like the Capitol dome in Jefferson City.
At a Missouri Press Association meeting in Branson, we were on a panel that questioned candidates for governor. One question, or comment, we had is remembered. We said some Missourians feel like his TV ads showing him blowing up targets with an automatic rifle were an insult to their intelligence. It was more a comment than a question, but he did not respond.
When in office he used the internet to make statements and when he did hold press conferences he often did not take questions. Transparency in government was foreign to him. He gave every indication that his knowledge of state government didn’t have much depth and his stance was image protection.
The man really fooled voters. In the statewide election for governor, he defeated Chris Koster, with a 51.1 percent majority. He received 1,433,397 votes to Koster’s 1,277,360 votes.
In Franklin County, Greitens received 28,059 votes, 55.9 percent, compared to Koster’s 18,754 votes, or 37.4 percent. By the way, in Franklin County, for president, Donald Trump received 35,420 votes, or 70.2 percent, while Hillary received 12,339 votes, 24.4 percent.
From what has happened, and what we all know, Greitens was the king of hypocrisy. He had an ego that did not permit him to even make friends within his own party. Actually, his party was Greitens!