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High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached

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Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, sent out a statement yesterday, the same day Attorney General Josh Hawley said his office determined charitable resources were used for Governor Eric Greitens' political gain.  Hawley said his office found evidence of computer tampering by the Governor.

The Governor is also accused of blackmailing a woman with whom he had an affair.

Part of the statement from Senator Richard reads Governor Greitens has caused tension, conflict, and hostility since his time in office.  Democrats and Republicans say this sentence alone, from one high ranking Republican towards another, is significant.

"Everybody is a little bit antsy and don't know what to say," says Missouri State Representative Bill Reiboldt, a Republican from Neosho.  "It's kind of a dark cloud hanging over everybody."

"We do have prominent Republicans saying the impeachment process needs to be started.  We're glad they have looked at the facts, they have seen what we see, and they agree there are things that the Governor is doing that makes him unfit to lead," says Krista Stark with the Southwest Missouri Democrats.

Senator Richard also said in a statement that he has been in constant contact with the Speaker of the House and Missouri attorney general.  "I believe the Governor has no other respectable option than to resign from office."

"The people of Missouri deserve better and we do need to unite as both parties," says Stark.

While the majority of Senator Richard's statement urges the Governor to resign, his media release ends by saying he wants to start impeachment proceedings immediately.  Some fellow Republicans want to wait until the end of this legislative session.

"Four and a half weeks left and I've got pending legislation," says Representative Reiboldt.  "This is my last year.  This is my last chance to get some of the stuff I've worked hard on across the finish line."

Some still say the sooner Missouri gets a new governor, the cleaner the new slate.

"There's all kinds of reasons within the Articles of Impeachment in the Missouri Constitution why a governor is not fit to lead, including corruption and moral turpitude," says Stark.

"One guy made the comment yesterday, he has been around here a lot longer than I have, he said you guys are experiencing something that has never happened before in the State of Missouri," says Representative Reiboldt.

We reached out to several other Republicans in Southwest Missouri who did not want to be interviewed for this story.  You can click here to view the full statement from Senator Ron Richard.

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