What is it with politicians and sex scandals? Imagine how many representatives and senators would be cast out of office, if the government’s fund to pay off the abused was opened. Now, another appalling case has hit the light of day.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was elected in 2016. The year before, he met a woman when she cut his hair and began an extramarital affair, according to her former husband. When the ex-husband was contacted by the police, he said that the governor recorded one of their first sexual encounters.
The woman told how the 43-year-old governor refused to meet her for coffee. Instead, he wanted her to come to his home. He blindfolded her and taped her hands to a piece of exercise equipment to show her “how to do a perfect pull-up.” The woman, apparently very trusting of this virtual stranger, said:
‘He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: “you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.”‘
Greitens declared his candidacy, and the affair continued. He claimed that he deleted the photo, but the woman’s former husband told KMOV that the illicit relationship continued and ended up destroying their marriage.
That was a far cry from the “horrible and disgusting” acts the woman accused the Missouri governor of committing
The woman’s ex-husband recorded a conversation with her. In it, he said:
‘Tell me the truth. The truth. Only the truth.’
The woman replied:
‘So, on Saturday morning, before my first client, I did go to his house.’
Then, the ex-husband asked her “For the first time?” She answered:
‘For the first time. Ever. Like I said, nothing, period, had ever happened or taken place until this snowball. This (expletive) tornado just happened. I know I brought this on. I met Eric a year ago and I instantly had a big crush on him.’
The governor ran on a values-based family man campaign:
‘I’m Eric Greitens, I’m a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father.’
He released a statement after the affair became public that said being unfaithful was a “deeply personal mistake.” He was grateful for his wife, Sheena’s forgiveness and thanked “God’s mercy ” for that.
In a separate message, the governor’s wife wrote:
‘We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.’
Although, Greitens admitted to the extramarital affair, he says he did not blackmail his lover. His’ attorney told KMOV that it “contained multiple false allegations,” and there was no need for the police to become involved:
‘There was no blackmail and that claim is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false.’
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