Greitens steps down from Republican Governors Association position following indictment

Gov. Eric Greitens and Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday showed their support for the Jewish community following Monday's vandalism at a suburban St. Louis cemetery. (Garrett Bergquist/KRCG 13)

The Republican Governors Association says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is stepping down from the group's executive committee following his indictment stemming from an extramarital affair.

The association's executive director, Paul Bennecke, said in a statement Friday that Greitens informed the group that he plans to spend the weekend in Missouri after he was indicted on a charge of felony invasion of privacy. That means he won't attend the group's meetings, which were being held during the National Governor's Association meeting.

Prosecutors alleged Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent during an affair in 2015, before he was elected. Greitens has admitted to the affair but says no crime was committed.

Bennecke's statement said the Republican Governors Association looks "forward to a quick resolution of this issue."

The RGA released the followings statement:

“Governor Greitens informed us last night that he is going to remain in Missouri this weekend to fight back against what his team has called a baseless charge, and will not be attending the RGA’s winter meeting in Washington. Given his desire to focus his full attention on moving forward in Missouri, he also no longer intends to serve on the Executive Committee of the RGA. We look forward to a quick resolution of this issue. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor Greitens and his family.”

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