GOP Candidate Releases Death Threat Political Ad
Eric Greitens is the former Governor of Missouri. Greitens resigned from office in 2018 following a series of scandals.
Why many Missouri Republicans fear Eric Greitens could win the state's Senate primary
He's hoping Missouri Republicans will flock to his message that emphasizes ties to former President Donald Trump's agenda and approach.
"We need fighters who are willing to do what it takes to take our country back," Greitens told reporters back in February . "To take our country back from the left — and also fighters who are willing to take on the establishment, willing to take on the mainstream media."
But Greitens can't escape the shadow of scandal.
His ex-wife Sheena Greitens last month filed legal documentation in which she, under oath, accused the former governor of emotional and physical abuse.
He has denied her claims.
But combined with the 2018 allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance issues , some Republicans worry that if Greitens were to win the primary, it would place a Senate seat considered to be safely GOP in jeopardy.
"This messy, dark story"
When Sheena Greitens' under-oath statements became public, Kay Hoflander, a former Missouri GOP chair, says she had difficulty sleeping.
After two days, she decided to do something about it: She issued a statement calling for Greitens to get out of the race. And she said she was pleased when several other high-profile women involved with the state Republican Party also called for him to exit the contest .
"Some day his children will see this messy, dark story about their family — and they need to know that there were people who stood up for their mom," Hoflander said in an interview.
Unlike 2018, Greitens, whose campaign didn't respond to a request for comment, has steadfastly refused to drop out of the Senate race.
Instead, he's claimed without evidence that his ex-wife is involved in a scheme involving prominent Republicans like Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell . Both Greitens and his campaign amplified this message — which Sheena Greitens' attorney called a " conspiracy theory " — in friendly media interviews, including with former Trump aide Steve Bannon.
Sheena Greitens said she has documentation to back up her claims — which are playing out in front of a judge to move divorce-related proceedings to Texas.
Other notable Republicans, including Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, have called for Greitens to depart from the contest. "If you hit a woman or a child, you belong in handcuffs, not the United States Senate," Hawley tweeted in March.
Greitens is a piece of steaming fecal matter. Naturally, he is actively courting Trump's endorsement. Butt that's not why I'm publishing this article. Eric Greitens has just released an extremely disturbing political advertisement. It's MUCH more deplorable than a typical attack ad; it's a fucking death threat ad: