(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday evening from his office in Jefferson City.
For the ex-Navy SEAL, it became too much of a fight to keep his job as governor.
"Today, I am announcing that I will be resigning as governor of Missouri effective Friday, June 1st at 5 p.m." he said."
Greitens made the abrupt announcement as legislators continued to consider his impeachment while investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and fundraising violations.
It also happened on the same day a judge ordered Greitens to turn over information related to campaign payments he received from a group named A New Missouri. There had been allegations Greitens wanted to conceal where those donations had come from.
In the end, Greitens said it was dirty politics by people who didn't like his anti-establishment, anti-corruption message he brought to Jefferson City that brought him down.
"I know and people of good faith know that I am not perfect but I have not broken any laws worthy of this treatment," he said. "This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amouont of strain on my family. I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the ones I love."
However, state lawmakers seemed relieved that the governor resigned and freed them from going through with the impeachment process.
"I think this is a great decision from the governor," said Sen. Delus Johnson, a republican from St. Joseph, representing the 9th District. "I think this will allow some closure and hopefully we can move on from this dark chapter in Missouri politics."
Republican State Senator Rob Schaaf from St. Joseph's 34th District had been one of the governor's toughest critics and was glad to see Greitens' resignation.
"There's been a lot of corruption going on in Jefferson City under this governor," Schaaf said. "I think this is the governor of dark money and this is the catalyst for the people of Missouri to say this is enough and they're going to demand the dark money get cleaned up."
Greitens is the first Missouri governor to resign since 1857. Current Lieutenant Governor, Republican Mike Parson, will become the state's 57th governor and will finish out Grietens' term which runs until January of 2021.
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