GOP leaders urge Missouri governor to be honest
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Senate GOP leaders say allegations against Republican Gov. Greitens are "shocking and concerning."
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Majority Leader Mike Kehoe and Assistant Majority Leader Bob Onder released a joint statement Thursday urging Greitens to be "honest and forthright."
Greitens acknowledged late Wednesday that he has been "unfaithful" in his marriage, following a news report uncovering an affair with his former hairdresser.
In a separate statement, Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, denied allegations made by the woman's ex-husband that the governor threatened to expose an uncompromising photograph of her if she revealed their relationship.
Senate Democratic leaders Gina Walsh and Kiki Curls said "violence and threats against women are never acceptable" and that allegations of extortion, coercion or threats of violence must be investigated.