Eric Greitens Should Have Known Better
It took 15 years of war to give the United States its first post-9/11 veteran governor. It took a year and two days in office for voters to learn what a terrible hypocrite he was.
Eric Greitens, a highly decorated Navy SEAL officer, Rhodes scholar, and pro-vet philanthropist who made his traditional family values the centerpiece of a successful 2016 campaign for governor of Missouri, admitted yesterday to an extramarital affair with a woman back in 2015.
I wanted to share with you some statements that are important in light of news you may have seen tonight.
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) January 11, 2018
“A few years ago, before Eric was elected Governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage,” Greitens and his wife said last night in a statement provided by their attorney. “This was a deeply personal mistake.”
Sorry, that doesn’t cut it — not for a former lieutenant commander who got where he is by touting his experience in the service, and who probably knows UCMJ Articles 133 and 134 backward and forward. “It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner,” John Paul Jones once wrote (in a letter Greitens surely read in NROTC). “He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor.”
Instead of personal honor, this public servant gave us a self-serving account of his “deeply personal mistake” — and he delivered it right around the same time that the journalists at St. Louis-based KMOV aired the results of their “months-long” investigation into Greitens’ infidelity. …read more
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