JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers are returning to work at the Capitol amid turmoil in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ office.
A growing number of Missouri elected officials have called on Greitens to step down over allegations of unwanted sexual aggression against a woman with whom he has said he had a consensual extramarital affair in 2015. Greitens faces a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for allegedly taking a nonconsensual photograph of the woman while she was partially nude.
Greitens’ troubles threaten to distract from Republicans’ agenda. Senate Democrats proposed blocking all bills from going to Greitens’ desk in protest of claims against him. But Republican legislative leaders insist they won’t let strife in the governor’s office derail work to pass a budget and enact other policy changes.