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Governor Greitens Resignation Surprises Local Representatives, Residents

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     Senator Claire McCaskill had reaction to the Governor's resignation.
     She was actually in Joplin today for an event for area veterans and their families.
     And there has been plenty of reaction from many others, as well.
 The announcement was unexpected - on both sides of the party lines.
Senator Claire McCaskill was at an event in Joplin - and while the news was fresh to her, she offered parting words for the governor.
Senator Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri: "I pray for his family, and his young children, and I also wish my very best to Lieutenant Governor Parson, who would be taking over in a difficult situation."
Since the beginning of the controversy, democrats had been calling on Governor Greitens to "do the right thing" and now they feel he has.
Krista Stark, Southwest Missouri Democrats: "It's good that he has resigned and that we can move forward as the State of Missouri now, hopefully, having a governor's office that's scandal free."
Representative Charlie Davis says he could tell that Governor Greitens was  "a very broken man" in his speech Tuesday afternoon, and while he thought the governor would continue to fight, he feels he made the best choice for his family.
Representative Charlie Davis, (R) Missouri: "I think he made the right decision, he made the decision because he is trying to put those who he loves first, and hopefully he goes back, and rebuilds that relationship with his wife and his kids and moves on, and I don't think any of us wish him anything but the best."
Some local residents we spoke with had their own take on the situation...saying blame lies with both people involved in the alleged affair.
Patsy Yount, Liberal Resident: "My thought is it's just as much the woman's fault as it is his because if she hadn't of wanted to be around it, she wouldn't have been there."
Others agreed with Representative Davis - and stood by the governor's decision.
Howard Burnison, Carl Junction Resident: "Eric seemed like he was a fighter, and so he thought this was probably best for himself and his family, and so, I admire that he loves his family enough to step down."
     Again...the governor's resignation is effective Friday at 5:00.
     At which point...current Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson will become the 57th governor of the State of Missouri.

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