Missouri’s Republican governor, Eric Greitens, announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that he’s resigning, effective Friday.

Things looked bad for Greitens in January when a local TV station reported that not only had Greitens had an extramarital affair — he was also accused of blackmail, threatening to circulate compromising pictures of his mistress if she told.

In February, Greitens was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge for taking a nude photo without consent, but that criminal case was dropped in May after no photo surfaced.

Reporters say that Greitens blamed “outside forces” for his resignation and said his supporters could leave with their “heads held high.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Greitens might have been compelled to resign due to a legal decision earlier in the day: “The announcement came hours after a separate ruling by a judge forcing the governor’s campaign and a dark-money group affiliated with Greitens to reveal fundraising information to a special House committee that was probing whether to impeach him.”

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, will assume the role of governor.


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