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Governor Greitens urged to address accusations publicly

Missouri state legislators of both parties are urging Governor Greitens to address, in person, the accusation that he blackmailed a mistress before taking office.

Multiple Republican lawmakers have called for Greitens to step down from office, but other are waiting for the investigation into the blackmail allegations.

“I’ve learned nothing, if not to be measured and wait for as much information as you can have before making a decision like that,” said Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick (R).

Those calling for resignation say that by staying in office, Greitens will slow other lawmakers from doing their job.

“Everyone’s attention is on this issue right now, and whether or not something else is going to come out,” said Representative and Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty (D). “I don’t think it’s going to get any better for him until he steps forward.”

McCann Beatty also said the governor “is not going to be able to get back to work” with the current controversy around the state capital, but Fitzpatrick said he has not fallen behind.

Greitens plans on meeting with Fitzpatrick, who chairs the House Budget Committee, and Senator Dan Brown on Wednesday to discuss the state budget. Greitens has until Monday to submit his official recommendations for the budget.

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