GOP Governor Resigns

Gov. Eric Greitens said he will resign this week following a report that an affair he had was at times violent and non-consensual and allegations of misuse of a charity donor list.

“The time has come, though, to tend to those who have been wounded and to care for those who need us most,” Greitens, a Republican, said on May 29. “So for the moment, let us walk off the battlefield with our heads held high.”

Greitens’ last day in office will be June 1. His resignation allows him to avoid the potentially dubious distinction of becoming the first Missouri governor ever impeached.

Earlier in May, prosecutors dropped the felony invasion-of-privacy charges against Greitens but said they planned to re-file the case. After he resigned, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office is dropping another charge of computer data tampering, related to allegations that he misused a charity donor list.