What a long, strange trip it’s been for Gov. Eric Greitens (R-MO). After calling a seven week-long emergency session that cost taxpayers more than $150,000, Gov. Greitens finally passed his plan to further restrict women’s access to reproductive healthcare in the state. The trouble is, when the bill passed Greitens was nowhere to be found. Instead of working with state leaders, he was hobnobbing with lobbyists in Aspen. In fact, throughout the extraordinary special session, Greitens routinely went AWOL, leaving Missouri behind to hang out with the political elite so as he pursued his own political ambitions.
And then it got even weirder. Less than 24-hours after he signed his heinous, anti-choice bill into law, he bailed on Missouri women yet again, skipping out on a “women in power” event in St. Louis he was scheduled to address!
This disturbing trend has seen Gov. Greitens repeatedly go AWOL instead of listening to the Missourians we was elected to represent. Here are just some of the most bizarre examples from the past seven weeks:
- Paling around with political elites in Aspen as the state senate debated his final bill
- Getting paid $100k for cozying up to the Koch Brothers
- Meeting with more than 700 top political donors in a private DC event that occurred during the first senate vote on his anti-abortion measure
- Flying up to Washington to hang out with Donald Trump for the fifth time since taking office
“Running back and forth to Washington, hobnobbing at tony ski resorts, and begging the Koch Brothers for more money would be unseemly for any self-respecting Missourian. But when Gov. Greitens put his personal political ambitions ahead of the needs of women and families, he let Missouri down,” said Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. “Gov. Greitens called this emergency session because he knew it would serve as free advertising for his own political ambition. And yet while the future of women’s health across Missouri hung in the balance, Greitens was off schmoozing with billionaires and laying the groundwork for his next campaign for higher office. Missouri women and families need leaders who will show up and fight for them, not a governor who uses us as props to advance his own political career.”