Now Above Ground (Pinned Post, Newer Content Follows Below)

10 01 2018

Jefferson City

Originally posted January 10, 2018, and frequently updated since then

Because of the gravity of the news, which will probably mean a flood of new details and developments, and the chances that this will drastically affect Missouri state politics, I have made this a “sticky” post.

Me, April 29, 2017:

Greitens buying in Innsbrook. 

Add this to the fact that he lives in Creve Coeur while his wife lives in the CWE, (and remember she was jacked close to where she lives back during her husband’s transition period), and I’m just waiting for all the gossip about the unconventionality of their marriage to break the blood-brain barrier.

What also helped fuel this gossip was that there was a lot of serious talk that, between the times of Greitens winning the election and being inaugurated, that Sheena Greitens would not be living in the Governor’s Mansion.

Guess what crossed over from the below ground to the above ground tonight, coinciding with the State of the State speech earlier this evening.

This isn’t quite that, but there’s always more time for more to come out.

We also will eventually find out how their buying in Innsbrook relates to the unconventionality of their marriage.


* The bit about the S&M nudie/blackmail isn’t going away so easily, if at all, and will be why Mike Parson should be measuring for drapes right about now.

* There’s now calls for Hawley to investigate.  Especially in this #MeToo climate, he’ll fire all four barrels at Greitens, especially if he thinks he needs to in order to beat Claire in November.

* Then, there’s this.  Though if one wants to think this diminishes the credibility, then why did they want whatever news outlet would run with it to time it to the State of the State?  What real political damage does that cause?

* Gardner is opening a probe.

* John Hancock claims that “party officials didn’t know about the story.”  They didn’t know about this particular story, but believe me, the less than conventional nature of the Greitens marriage has been talked about in the grapevines that Hancock is plugged into since he became a serious candidate.


* According to the ex-husband of the woman Greitens allegedly blackmailed, the FBI has interviewed both him and his ex-wife.  The FBI has not yet confirmed or refuted.


* The woman now says she didn’t want this to come out at all and that the ex-husband betrayed her trust by shopping this story to the local media.


* It is my sense, reading between the lines of the news and things that people are saying,  that Republican members of the General Assembly generally lean on the side of believing the blackmail accusation.

* Now, some of the above are going on record openly with resignation calls.

* It’s getting deeper.  First off, she has to be related to Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, but I can’t remember precisely how offhand.  Second, while it’s not proof that the blackmail accusation is true, I think it’s indicative of something.

* And deeper still. It all depends on what the FBI, and maybe the U.S. Attorney, and Kim Gardner, all think. I don’t think that the timing of this and now four General Assembly Republicans calling for his resignation is a coincidence.


* FBI’s St. Louis office confirms an open active investigation.


* The woman’s husband has been asked to testify to the St. Louis City grand jury, according to his lawyer.  Even though Gardner has not yet confirmed that there even is a grand jury.


* Greitens is beefing up his stable of lawyers, and, like this article speculates, I think he’s anticipating the impending need for criminal defense.


* Felony indictment, officially.  From the St. Louis City circuit.  Which made me write this post.

* P-D calls for resignation.  Of course they might be partisan and hypocritical, but you also see here why his political career is shot to hell.  Not so long ago, he has Presidential ambitions.


* The MSM articles in the aftermath of the indictment note that Greitens has always had an alienated and standoffish relationship with General Assembly Republicans, compared to the soon-to-be Governor Mike Parson, who is way more of a quintessential swamp creature.

This may lead you to ask me if I think that this is something of a dog patch deep state hit.  The reasons I highly doubt that the state Republican machinery is behind this are:  (1) I have not heard any gossip that they helped feed the initial allegations to Channel 4, (2) Greitens ideologically lined up with the General Assembly Republicans very well.

The only real rub is that Greitens did what he could during his first year and change as Governor unilaterally to drain the swamp, which had the net effect of making life a lot more boring for the Jefferson City political class.  I can attest to the fact that Jeff City really isn’t a hot or hopping town, and, without lobbyists around to pay for some parties and good times, at least not to the extent that they were before Eric Greitens rode into town, life for the political class in that town while they’re there has suddenly become borderline suicidally boring.

That would point to motive on their part, motive in engineering such a hit.  But I’m not grokking a paper trail or smoking guns.


The first major consequential news about this since the indictment, which probably does quite a bit of damage to Gardner’s case.




18 responses

11 01 2018

The nudie/blackmail element isn’t going to go away so easily, and probably not at all.

Governor Mike Parson gives the January 2019 State of the State.

11 01 2018

Just as you posted this, i got multiple emails from the Greitens camp:


We wanted you to see the statement below from Eric’s attorney on a new false story that actually revealed the motivation behind these lies:

Statement regarding most recent allegations – James F. Bennett

“We have been asked repeatedly by reputable news outlets why we believe this nearly three-year-old news story is coming out now. The latest reporting has finally disclosed that the reporting was being driven by a “source” who is the former Democrat state party chairman and who apparently has not spoken to the person in question. This goes a long way to explaining what is going on – this is a political hit piece.

This is and remains an almost three-year-old private matter with no matter of public interest at stake. Eric and Sheena have worked through those issues long ago and I think that Sheena put it best: ‘We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.’ Now we know who has been peddling that gossip.”


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eric Greitens
Date: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:58 PM
Subject: Important Statements

I wanted to share with you some statements that are important in light of news you may have seen.

Statement from James F. Bennett, our attorney

“The governor has now seen the TV report that ran tonight. The station declined to provide the tape or transcript in advance of running their story, which contained multiple false allegations. The claim that this nearly three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false. There was no “blackmail,” and that claim is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are a lie.”

Joint Statement from Sheena and I

“A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage. This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately. While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive – but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”

Additional Statement from Sheena Greitens

“We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”

11 01 2018

As of this moment, I tend to believe the veracity. That could change.

I don’t give the “why now / why three years after the fact” defense much sauce because if this was actually false, the reasonable timing for letting it loose would have been September/October 2016. Remember, all those fluff phony accusations of Roy Moore came out after the primary but before the general. If anything, I think the timing of the accusation going public at such a time when it wouldn’t cause partisan political damage is probably a hint that it’s true. If it brings Greitens down now, it would only mean the Republican lieutenant governor becomes Governor, while if it would have come out in the fall of 2016, it probably would have ensured a Chris Koster win.

12 01 2018
Dale Gribble

The Governor must be a fan of House of Cards. Frank Underdwood and Zoe Barnes thought her nude pictures were security for the reporter’s continued access to his leaks

12 01 2018

When I was still in the lobbying game, if a new season of HOC dropped during the legislative session, there were quite a few binge watching parties around Jefferson City that were well attended by elected politicians, staffers, bureaucrats and lobbyists alike.

14 01 2018

What is it with jews and keeping it in their pants?

18 01 2018

“What is it with jews and keeping it in their pants?”

Sex is to jews what drugs/alcohol are to the goyim: an often-irresistible temptation.

21 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

Eric Greitens is a Jew? I had no idea. Navy SEAL, governor, Lothario, probably a genius, too, to boot–the awesomeness of my tribe never fails to amaze me!

30 01 2018

That makes two of us! You guys are everywhere:

30 01 2018

That was the ironic denouement of Tony Messenger peddling the ZOMG GREAT ANTI SEMITIC WHISPER CAMPAIGN OF 2015 LOL~!!!!!1 paranoia after the suicide of (the one quarter Jewish and convert to Episcopalianism) Tom Schweich. It ended up with the Republican nominee for Governor and then Governor-Elect and now Governor being Jewish, actual true Jewish, both ethnically and religiously.

21 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

Blogmeister, regarding the timing, I feel really uncomfortable opining about the Show-Me State, and yet I am convinced that there is a national DPUSA conspiracy to get white GOP wives to switch parties, give The Party both houses of congress, and then impeach and remove OCGE, in the feminazi putsch of all putsches.

The last piece of evidence that convinced me of the feminazi putsch was the unwitting confession of a feminazi talking head roughly one month ago on MSNBC.

She said that Al Roker and John Conyers had to go, to give feminazi campaign to remove OCGE credibility. She then, with a straight face, called the GOP “cynical.”

22 01 2018

When the #MeToo hysteria hit, in fact, it was when my brain was still in something of a zombie state, my initial thoughts, in as much as I was able to think, was that this was all a manufactured PR diversion on behalf of Harv.

As far as this case, the fundamental problem isn’t the cheating, but the (potential) blackmail.

25 01 2018
Dale Gribble

How is this case any of Kim Gardner’s business? I thought Greitens lived i n Creve Coeur at the time, while his Potemkin house was in the City.

25 01 2018

Cole County Circuit Court is where judicial business relating to state government goes through, for obvious reasons. But, St. Louis City is in Missouri, so Gardner will probably use that as the jurisdiction hook.

8 02 2018
Dale Gribble

The Ex’s Attorney has connections to the Chamber of Commerce Tort Reform people; just a coincidence he’s on the case to bring down Greitey?

8 02 2018

That would be the last bunch that would want to bring down Greitens.

23 02 2018
Dale Gribble

Will the circuit attorney make him sit in the assignment court room every day with all the Bell Curvers when his case is ready for trial?

27 02 2018
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