Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns, ending political career once aimed at presidency

Vow to clean up the swamp, and you better know the swamp will fight back.

Eric Greitens stormed into the Governor’s Office in January 2017 vowing to clean up a state government he said was corrupt.

He resigned Tuesday — effective at 5 p.m. Friday — just as abruptly as he had arrived on Missouri’s political scene, his career buried under an avalanche of scandal and felony charges.

Even as he announced his historic decision to step down, Greitens asserted his innocence and argued that he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

“This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family. Millions of dollars in mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends,” he said.

“It’s clear that for the forces that oppose us there is no end in sight. I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty for the people that I love.”