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Missouri governor admits affair, denies blackmail

Eric Greitens uses a megaphone
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens became embroiled in a sex scandal last night after St. Louis' KMOV News 4 aired a report alleging that he had an extramarital affair and subsequently attempted to blackmail the woman involved with a photograph taken during their sexual encounter. In statements issued after the report, Greitens admitted to the affair while Greitens’ attorney stated that the blackmail claim was false.

Why it matters: Greitens, a 43-year-old former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, had been viewed by some Republicans as a potential future presidential candidate, per the NYT’s Alex Burns.