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Hawley, others call on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign; Wagner says he's 'unfit to lead'

Hawley, others call on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign; Wagner says he's 'unfit to lead'

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Reactions to the Missouri House committee report on Gov. Eric Greitens:

“The House Investigative Committee’s Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Gov. Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Gov. Greitens should resign immediately.”

— Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

"This is a sad chapter in our history that should never have come to pass. Two months ago, after the disturbing allegations against the Governor came to light, I called for an immediate and transparent investigation. The transcripts paint the picture of a vulnerable woman and a man who preyed on that vulnerability. I am disgusted, disheartened, and I believe Governor Greitens is unfit to lead our state.”

- U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin

“The report issued today concerning Gov. Greitens and his behavior surpasses disturbing. It is disgusting. This is not behavior befit for a leader in Missouri or anywhere else for that matter. Although he is certainly due his day in court, these reports further call into question his character as an individual, regardless of whether a law has been broken or not. I appreciate the continued deliberate steps taken by the Missouri General Assembly to address this matter.

“Violence against women is always wrong. Dishonesty and betrayal are always wrong. I am deeply disturbed by the revelations today and urge Gov. Eric Greitens to do what is in the best interest of the people of Missouri and resign.”

— Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester

“For the good of the state, Eric Greitens must immediately resign. If he doesn’t, it will be the duty of the House of Representatives to restore integrity to the executive branch of state government.”

— House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City

“Based on the shocking and unsettling events detailed in this report, we have no faith in Eric Greitens’ ability to effectively govern. He must resign immediately. If he refuses to do the right thing, the Missouri House of Representatives should move forward with the impeachment process.”

— House Minority Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors.

“Governor Greitens has brought shame on Missouri — not only with his serious sexual misconduct but also in his efforts to turn the resulting investigation into a circus and attack the victim. He refuses to take responsibility, so we must hold him accountable. As I did on day one back in January, I’m calling for the governor to resign. If he doesn’t, the House should impeach him.”

— Rep. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City.

“As he campaigned for governor, Eric Greitens decried corruption in our state Capitol and pledged to be the cleansing agent against that corruption, all the while upholding honor, dignity and clean government. This included a debate lecture to me about a time, decades earlier, when I’d failed to live up to that standard. When he won the primary and general elections, and then as he took office, we Republicans hoped for the best.

“Those hopes have been dashed into bitter disappointment. Because of his actions, and for no other reason, his capacity for the leadership our state needs has drained away.

“… Accordingly, and with great sadness, I ask that Gov. Greitens resign his office or, failing that, I call on my friends in the House of Representatives to commence impeachment as provided in the Constitution.”

— Peter Kinder, former Lt. Gov of Missouri

“Upon reviewing the report from the Special Committee on Oversight, I believe that out of respect for the people of Missouri and the well- being of his family, the governor should resign immediately. We are in the last five weeks of the legislative session and legislators’ time would be better spent on the work of the people instead of his endless scandal which has a cost to taxpayers in both time and money. If the governor does not resign immediately then the House of Representatives should take the appropriate steps to restore dignity to the Office of the Governor.”

— Rep. Doug Beck, D-Affton

“After a criminal indictment followed shocking allegations of misconduct, I called on Eric Greitens to resign as governor because I believed he no longer had the moral authority to lead and could no longer effectively perform the duties of his office.

“Based on the facts presented today by the House special investigative committee, I reiterate my call for the governor to resign immediately. His troubling conduct is an insult not only to my moral values, but also to the values of millions of Missourians.

“Should the governor fail to resign immediately, for the good of our state and our principles, I believe the Missouri House should move swiftly toward impeachment.”

— Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia

I said in January that the actions attributable to Eric Greitens were deeply troubling and that he needed to be held accountable. In the wake of the indictment from the grand jury, I called for Greitens to resign as governor because I couldn’t see how he could effectively perform the duties of his office, let alone to lead with the kind of moral authority needed to make a positive impact on our state.

With the knowledge of the credible facts that have been learned and produced by the House investigative committee in their first report, I am even more troubled and disgusted at his alleged conduct. It is no way in keeping with my moral values, with the values of the vast majority of Missourians, or with the morals and behavior that should be expected of the governor of Missouri.

For the good of our state and the ideals we stand for, I renew my call for Eric Greitens immediately to resign as governor. I also call upon my legislative colleagues to seriously consider impeachment under the Missouri State Constitution.

— Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City

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