As the trial against Gov. Eric Greitens begins, there are two separate issues: Is he guilty of felonies? And, is he fit to continue to serve as governor? The answer to the first question may not reach the standard of guilty in court — at least in the first set of charges regarding the admitted affair. The answer to the second question will undoubtedly be decided in special session later this month. The premature call for his resignation prior to the legislative investigation, even by this paper, I believe was too severe. In special session the truth should prevail, and the standard of being fit to continue as governor will be known.
If we are to believe what was reported in both cases, and if the governor knows of his reported guilt, he should resign to not further embarrass himself and we citizens. The standards of acceptable conduct in order to serve — we the people — must change at all levels of our government — enough of politics as usual and self-service to a career, wealth or power.