Call and write your Missouri State Legislators and ask them to speak out against the recent allegations involving Governor Greitens!
It’s been a rocky start for the 2018 MO Legislative session and we are only two weeks in. Governor Greitens ran a campaign based on family values, but this past week an investigation by KMOV TV in St. Louis revealed that Greitens had an extra-marital affair in 2015. The story additionally exposed disturbing allegations made by the woman involved in the affair on a recording, that her ex-husband made secretly and released without her permission, where she alleges that Greitens took a nude photo of her while he had her blindfolded and her hands taped to exercise equipment in his family home. She alleges on the recording that he threatened to release this photo if she ever mentioned his name. Greitens has admitted he had the affair but denies the blackmail claims. The woman on the recordings has not publicly come forward and has asked for privacy through her attorney.
Attorney General Hawley’s office said he lacks jurisdiction for investigating the blackmail allegations, that it must be done by the prosecutor “in the place where the conduct occurred”. On January 11, Kim Gardner, a St. Louis Circuit Attorney, announced that she will open the investigation.
The Governor and his staff are already under investigation by the Attorney General’s office to determine whether public records were illegally destroyed in order to circumvent Missouri Sunshine Laws by their use of the Confide app, which destroys text messages leaving no trace after they are read by the recipient. A statement released by AG Hawley’s office stated that the Governor’s staff has not been fully cooperating with the investigation.
As your constituent I need you to speak out against the recent allegations involving Governor Greitens because:
No one is above the law including the Governor. Lawmakers must insist a complete investigation of blackmail allegations by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney and if the allegations are found to be true, then the Governor must resign immediately or face impeachment. They also must insist that Attorney General Hawley complete a thorough investigation of the use of Confide by the Governor and his senior staff.
Greitens’ deception and secrecy has eroded the public trust and damaged his relationship with many legislators on both sides of the aisle. We deserve better and we must demand it of our elected officials. The allegations against Greitens are all the more believable because they follow an established pattern of deceptive behavior. Since taking office in 2016 he has mastered the art of governing with secrecy, everything from refusing to disclose the sources of his inauguration funding, to hiding who pays for his private jet travel for official state business, to questions surrounding his political fundraising and links to his dark money private non-profit, the use of text destroying Confide app by the Governor and his senior staff, and now the disturbing blackmail allegations disclosed in a recording of the woman with whom he had an extra-marital affair.
Distractions stop our elected officials from doing the job they were sent to Jefferson City to fulfill. Our state faces too many serious problems including our budget shortfall, funding for public education, approving appointments on BOE and replacing the BOE Commissioner. Those should be the focus of our elected officials.
Missourians expect and deserve elected leaders who govern at the very least with honesty, integrity, and transparency. If Governor Greitens can’t or won’t fulfill those fundamental expectations, he should step down.
Sample Call Script:
“Hi, my name is __________, I'm a constituent from ___________, and I want Senator/Representative __________ to know I am concerned with the actions of Governor Greitens involving alleged blackmail during his recent extramarital affair. I want to know if Senator/Representative _________ has made a statement condemning this type of behavior?”