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Greitens’ attorney: ‘Zero truth’ to rumors the governor will step down

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivered the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate last week.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivered the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate last week. AP file photo

Despite rumors swirling around social media and the Missouri statehouse, Gov. Eric Greitens has no plans of stepping down this week, his personal attorney said Friday morning.

“There is zero truth to any suggestion that Gov. Greitens is resigning,” Jim Bennett said. “He is at work today and will continue to serve as governor.”

The governor is expected to release his budget early next week.

Greitens has been engulfed in controversy after KMOV-TV in St. Louis reported last week on allegations that the governor had taken a nude photograph of a woman — while she was blindfolded and had her hands bound — in an effort to keep her from speaking about their extramarital affair.

The governor has admitted to the affair, but has vehemently denied the blackmail allegations.

Greitens canceled a series of events that were supposed to take place around the state this week to promote his proposed tax cuts. Instead, he released a 40-second video on Twitter and Facebook in which he made general pronouncements about the plan.

“We’re going to cut taxes on working families. We’re also going to lower taxes on businesses and help them create jobs,” the governor said in the video.

Bryan Lowry: 816-234-4077, @BryanLowry3

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