Eric Greitens will be attacked again by the GOP in the Missouri Senate race.
The long-awaited effort to stop Eric Greitens from becoming the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri is finally getting started.
The big question is whether or not it’s too late to stop him.
Greitens’s personal scandals, which include allegations of domestic and sexual abuse, will be the focus of a strong, well-funded Republican campaign that will start on Friday. At least $1 million in paid television ads will be the first step in this campaign.
Show Me Values, a new super PAC, was first reported by Politico. It is being run by Johnny DeStefano, who used to work for Representative John Boehner of Ohio and is now a powerful person in the Trump White House.
A coalition of in-state donors is leading the effort to stop Greitens. They hope that by repeating accusations about the former Missouri governor’s strange and disturbing behavior, they can change the way the race has been going for months.
But they want to avoid putting at risk what is probably a safe Republican Senate seat. They don’t have much time before Missouri’s primary on August 2, and it’s not clear if new details about Greitens’s alleged behavior will be important to GOP voters.
The leading candidate: Eric Greitens
Greitens’s past has been looked at for a long time, and new accusations keep coming out.
In 2018, he quit as governor because he was accused of sexually abusing a hairdresser with whom he was having an affair. Greitens denies the accusations, which the woman made in a sworn statement during an impeachment investigation in the state led by other Republicans.
Sheena Greitens, his ex-wife and an expert on Asian geopolitics, left him after these accusations came out and moved to Texas. The couple is now fighting in court over who gets to keep their kids who are in elementary school.
In an affidavit signed under oath and released in April, Greitens said that her ex-husband had a pattern of abusive behavior, including “slapping our 3-year-old son across the face” and “pulling him around by his hair.”
The former governor has said that he did nothing wrong, and on Thursday, his campaign pointed to a statement that his lawyer, Tim Parlatore, gave to The New York Times in the past. Parlatore said that the alleged abuse “never happened.”
At a court hearing on Thursday, Helen Wade, a lawyer for Sheena Greitens, said that her client had received death threats this week after the former governor released a violent new political video that shows him with a shotgun storming a home looking for “RINOs,” or Republicans in name only, along with what looks like a SWAT team with military-style rifles. On Thursday, Wade did not answer any of the messages I sent him asking for a comment.
Rex Sinquefield was the kingmaker.
Polls show that Greitens is currently about 3.5 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
Schmitt has the support of Save Missouri Values, a super PAC that is funded by Rex Sinquefield, a wealthy retired investor who is a major player in state politics.