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Missouri lawmakers divided on Gov. Eric Greitens' future

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Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, right, and his wife Sheena speak to the media as a member of their protection detail stands off to the side Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens, right, and his wife Sheena speak to the media as a member of their protection detail stands off to the side Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Many in Missouri are wondering where Gov. Eric Greitens is since he admitted an affair last week.

He has issued public apologies through written statements but has canceled public appearances. Now, lawmakers are starting to ask questions.

There's was another apology on Facebook Wednesday night, but the governor is physically keeping a low profile. He admits an affair but is also accused of sexual blackmail. However, Greitens denies that.

The question is, can he survive the investigation and political fallout?

"We can through resolution open up an investigation ourselves with subpoena power and do our own investigation in-house which is an option being considered," said Rep. Marcia Haefner, a Republican in St. Louis County.

Some think Greitens can survive this political storm but qualify it.

"I think if other things comes out that have been accused then that would make a major difference. Until that happens, I think the governor weathers this and we get our stuff done whether that happens or not," said Rep. Kevin Engler, a Republican from Farmington.

Others aren't so sure, questioning what could drop next.

"A lot of them do simply for the fact at the governor's age they don't think it's his first time at the rodeo, so to speak ... that there's other things that will come out," said Rep. Bob Burns, a Democrat in St. Louis County.

There was also criticism Wednesday that the governor hasn't shown his face. He's been hiding behind social media apologizing, saying this is a private matter, and his wife has forgiven him.  

"We haven't heard anything from him himself, and he owes the people of Missouri to have that conversation," Democrat House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty said.

There are political leaders who won’t even touch the issue, including Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskil and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt.

Greitens has become someone of a political Voldemort - don’t mention his name - as everyone waits to see what happens next.

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