Missouri State University

Missouri governor took a path less trod to win, lose office

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens didn't follow the normal path to political power, nor is he taking the usual exit from office.

Greitens, who won election as a political outsider promising to clean up government, will resign Friday after striking a deal with a prosecutor to avoid trial on a felony campaign-finance charge. The arrangement includes no admission of wrongdoing.

The dropped charge alleging that he illegally used a veterans' charity donor list for his gubernatorial campaign was just the tip of Greitens' problems. The Republican governor also faced potential impeachment by the Missouri House, the potential refiling of sexual misconduct charges related to an extramarital...