I just saw MO Gov. Eric Greitens being led away in the custody of the St. Louis Sheriff.
— Robert Patrick (@rxpatrick) February 22, 2018
Turns out that taking a picture of your nude mistress without her consent and threatening to use it against her isn’t something looked upon kindly by the authorities.
According to a grand jury, “on or about March 21, 2015, in the City of St. Louis, State of Missouri, the defendant knowingly photographed K.S. in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge or consent of K.S. and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to the image via a computer.” It’s a class-D felony, carrying a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
It also turns out that running on family values while having an affair, when married with two young children, can turn out badly.
Greitens charted a course as a dedicated family man, an outsider, and the reverse of the tainted politicians who held sway in the state.
And there seems to be proof:
Greitens’s troubles began in early January, when several outlets reported that he had engaged in an extramarital affair in 2015. The ex-husband of Greitens’s former lover surreptitiously recorded her describing how Greitens had photographed her nude and indicated that the images would serve as blackmail material. “You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere,” she quoted him as saying on the tape.
I wonder if we’ll hear that the Democrat-turned-Republican was never really a Republican.
Although he had been a lifelong Democrat, Greitens announced that he was a “conservative Republican” in a 2015 FoxNews.com essay, saying that his experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs had shaped his view of government. “The problem is that most Democrats seem to think more money and bigger government are the solutions to virtually every single problem. They’re wrong,” he wrote. It was a happy coincidence that Missouri was more favorable turf for a Republican than a Democrat.
You may remember Greitens-he’s the one who decided that a campaign ad showing him firing off a machine gun was a good idea.
Greitens briefly made national news during the campaign with an ad that mostly consisted of the candidate firing a machine gun for 30 seconds. In another, he rhetorically blasted career politicians before doing some more literal blasting, firing off a rifle and concluding the spot with a Michael Bay-style explosion.
The ad was titled ‘Big Guns’ and, judging by the comments under the video, it was viewed favorably by many, and Greitens won the race.
(Greitens) campaign rhetoric about corruption among elected officials didn’t endear Greitens to them, even those in the Republican Party. In early January, a Kansas City Star columnist asked whether the governor was finally learning to work with legislators. But when the affair story broke a week later, Greitens found himself with few allies in Jefferson City, or anywhere else. Republicans opted to keep him at arm’s length. Just this week, members of the state house moved forward a bill that would criminalize “revenge porn.”
First-time candidates are a risk. Maybe they’ll turn out to be clean-cut and competent, but maybe they’ll be indicted for a felony barely a year into their term in office.
The Republican Governors Association bragged about the leadership of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens ON THE SAME DAY he got indicted on felony charges. Could the GOP possibly get any more out of touch at this point? https://t.co/DX6DSryFEs
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 22, 2018
— The RGA (@The_RGA) February 22, 2018
Greitens’ best hope to stay in office now is that a man he once considered the epitome of corruption — powerful GOP consultant Jeff Roe — can ward off impeachment proceedings in the Missouri House, currently being contemplated by legislative leaders.
The thing is with dwellers of the ‘swamp’-flash enough money at them and they might be willing to overlook a nasty letter.
Greitens, never really intent on cleaning up Jefferson City, is now depending on the biggest snake in the swamp — his words, not mine — to save him.
Months after Greitens ended his affair and began his frontal assault on lobbyists, he wrote a letter to supporters calling out Roe and his allies specifically.
He called them snakes. He said they were shameful and disgusting. “Liars, cowards, sociopaths,” he wrote. “They are often deeply broken and disturbed people, who — like criminals who prey on the innocent — take their pleasure and make their living by victimizing honest people.”
Or “they” might feast on a desperate and recently-indicted politician.