Another big story that got drowned out by the Roseanne brouhaha on Tuesday was that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigned, becoming the first Governor of Missouri to quit the office since 1857.
Greitens is a Rhodes Scholar, former Navy SEAL and humanitarian who was named by Fortune as one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. He was seen as a rising star in the GOP and a possible future President. He took office on a promise to clean up corruption, but was soon hit with numerous accusations involving anonymous campaign donations and a felony indictment connected to disturbing allegations by a woman with whom he had an affair. He blamed his troubles on political opponents, but with the allegations mounting (including a second felony charge for computer tampering) and impeachment talk rising, he abruptly resigned. It is one of the fastest and furthest falls from grace in political history.
This won’t make a major difference in the state’s political direction, since he’ll be replaced by a fellow Republican, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who will serve until 2021. Let’s hope for all concerned that the transition goes smoothly. I can assure Lt. Gov. Parson from experience that he’s lucky he’s not a Republican replacing a scandal-plagued Democratic Governor.