Political scientist says Gov. Greitens personal issues affecting work is inevitable

He said due to the nature of what Greitens is going through, personal problems affecting work is inevitable. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

Amidst his indictment, Gov. Greitens still holds office. A Lincoln University political science professor said the case will most likely affect Capitol workflow even in the smallest ways.

Political Science Associate Professor Carlos Cunha said teaching at mostly small universities, he has taught a wide variety of topics regarding politics. He said he has seen drama in politics on many levels.

"I've seen this kind of stuff not just at the state level, at the national level, at the international level," Cunha said.

"The world is made up of lots of kinds of people and human beings make mistakes. Some human beings accept their mistakes and move on, and other individuals don't accept the mistakes and do everything possible to prevent the action from being taken that they don't want to be taken."

He said due to the nature of what Gov. Greitens is experiencing, personal problems affecting work is inevitable.

"Obviously, you're putting a lot of your energy and time into dealing with issues that are more personal related," Cunha said. "But that takes away from dealing with other issues-- because there's only so many hours in the day."

Unless Gov. Greitens were to step down, no one can officially take over his duties, according to Cunha.

"If he's out of commission because he's too busy doing other things, then technically he's not out of commission," he said. "Technically the lieutenant governor does not step in unless the governor asks him to. Unless the legislature wants to do something about it there's not really an issue."

Cunha said the situation will continue to develop, and he will be watching. Cunha notes that Gov. Greitens has claimed that his indictment is a political issue where a particular individual is pursuing the case for political reasons.

"Generally, if there isn't any evidence to support the problem, then he shouldn't be concerned, should he?" Cunha said.

The political scientist said that he believes that Gov. Greitens had larger political aspirations and that the indictment could affect those plans.

"I would say that definitely, the governor is interested in a bigger picture," Cunha said. "Missouri was just a stepping stone for him to move further up, and I think, take a shot at the White House."

"This issue is going to get in the way, so if he wants to make it to the White House he's going to have to deal with the issue."

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