One thing that’s remarkable to me about the modern Republican Party is how those with the greatest ambition to be president are so utterly loathsome and don’t even begin to hide it. Some of those people are in the Cabinet. Scott Pruitt openly wants to be president of the United States and yet he revels in naked corruption. He thinks this is going to work for him. Ryan Zinke definitely wants to at very least be governor of Montana and has already put out Iowa feelers and yet he has taken what is usually an obscure department (Interior) and repeatedly made national headlines through all sorts of revolting actions. Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton will absolutely be serious candidates for the GOP nomination in the future not despite of their odiousness but because of it. And then there is Eric Greitens, Missouri governor and a man with unlimited ambition. Even when caught blackmailing a woman he had an affair with, he is incapable of imagining this is a problem for him and thus is refusing to resign, even with the rest of the Missouri GOP wanting him gone.
Republican state legislative leaders in Missouri on Tuesday night called for Gov. Eric Greitens (R) to resign amid mounting legal troubles that have brought embarrassment and national news attention to the Show-Me State.
“When leaders lose the ability to effectively lead our state, the right thing to do is step aside,” House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo and House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr said in a joint statement to local media. “In our view, the time has come for the governor to resign.”
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said in his own statement that it is his “wish that we immediately start impeachment proceedings” if Greitens declines to step down.
But the governor is refusing to relent.
“In three weeks, this matter will go to a court of law — where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence,” Greitens said in a statement of his own. “Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf.”
The real reasons there is pushback here is that the Missouri GOP establishment hates Greitens personally and they are worried about the electoral consequences.
It is indeed a wonder that Donald Trump became president of the United States.