The Republican governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, has been indicted on charges of felony invasion of privacy and has been taken into custody for sexually blackmailing his mistress in a reprehensible attempt to keep his affair under wraps during his election campaign.
I just saw MO Gov. Eric Greitens being led away in the custody of the St. Louis Sheriff.
— Robert Patrick (@rxpatrick) February 22, 2018
Here's the indictment of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens: pic.twitter.com/w9gjknNY66
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 22, 2018
Once rumors of the allegations surrounding the 2015 affair became public, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner immediately launched an investigation and found ample evidence of the governor’s misdeeds.
“As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city. Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations” said Gardner in a statement.
The alleged photograph was taken while the woman was blindfolded and tied up in his home, raising alarming questions about whether or not the photograph was taken with her consent – especially since he was running for governor at the same time as he was having the affair.
Greitens has admitted to the affair but denies all accusations of blackmail.
It comes as no surprise that the Governor campaigned on a pro-life “family values” platform that railed against the attacks on their “religious liberties” – which is common right-wing code declaring an opposition to LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, and a woman’s right to choose.
Greitens will be the second prominent Republican governor done in by his sexual misconduct scandal. Alabama governor Robert Bentley resigned last year in disgrace after facing impeachment for campaign finance violations and for abusing his power to hide his own embarrassing affair.
The fall of Greitens is just more proof that the Republican Party is founded on a bedrock of hypocrisy, their moral grandstanding nothing but a shield for their bigotry and a cover for their own misdeeds at every level, from the Governor’s office to the Oval Office.