In our long journalistic career, we have never had a governor who garnered newspaper headlines like Eric Greitens. Of course, we never in the history of Missouri had a governor the likes of Greitens to our knowledge.
We doubt if the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has ever had as many headlines and front page stories about a governor of Missouri as it has had about Greitens. It’s probably the same for the Kansas City Star and the other larger daily newspapers in Missouri.
We understand this because what is being reported is news, and important to all Missourians since it’s about our state government leader. It’s not a pretty picture. Almost every day there are new developments, more people, lawyers and judges being involved.
We doubt if ever in the history of Missouri we have had a governor who generated so much news about his personal life and actions while in office. Some party loyalists won’t say much. He’s an embarrassment to the party. He faces two felony charges and legislators, including members of his party, have urged him to resign. He is being investigated by the House in a move that could lead to impeachment. The felony charges, mentioned many times before, are for allegedly invading the privacy of his ex-lover by taking a picture of her partly nude body, and computer tampering in relation to him using a donor list from his charity to raise political funds.
If you like twists and turns in a scandal, this Greitens’ saga is for you.
One of the latest developments hit the newspapers Wednesday. The headlines and story centered on Scott Faughn, publisher of The Missouri Times, a newspaper that focuses on state government. The Post-Dispatch story said his
paper has GOP connections. The lawyer who represents the former husband of the woman who had an affair with Greitens was paid $100,000 — believed to be dark money — but Faughn says he was the source of $50,000 of that money. The affair became public when the ex-husband released information about comments his then-wife made to him about her encounters with Greitens. The other $50,000 came from a couple identified only as “Skyler.”
Faughn, at age 22, was mayor of Popular Bluff, his hometown. The Post-Dispatch said Faughn’s political career ended when he was convicted of a felony charge of forgery — forging checks to himself from a highway project.
The Missourian in the past has printed his weekly newspaper off and on, but not for about a year.
The governor was the top story again in the Post-Dispatch Thursday with the front page headline saying that Greitens lied to the ethics panel, and took a donor list without permission from a charity he founded, according to a House committee that is investigating him. How much longer do Missourians have to put up with a man who allegedly violated laws on the way to the governorship? He should resign — now.
Even if Greitens isn’t convicted of the felonies, or impeached, many observers believe his political career is over. His reputation has been tarnishd. But you never want to count a politician out. Comebacks have been made. As the top Republican in the state, party members should demand he resign, while voicing their concerns to party lawmakers.