- Top GOP donors are investing in attack ads targeting Republican Senate nominee Eric Greitens, The Hill reported.
- Greitens is after Trump’s endorsement and has the former president’s future daughter-in-law on his campaign team.
- The candidate resigned as Missouri governor in 2018 after being charged with extorting his mistress.
Top Republican donors are investing in attack ads targeting Trump-adjacent Missouri Senate nominee Eric Greitens in a bid to secure the nomination for a less controversial Republican nominee, The Hill reported.
The ads — sponsored by an anti-Greitens super PAC that has raised nearly $8 million since its inception last month — focus on Greitens’ history of domestic violence allegations and criminal charges related to the extortion of his beloved.
Donors to the PAC, dubbed Show Me Values, include Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska, whom Trump called a “RINO,” and Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s most prolific Republican donor.
Greitens was governor of Missouri before running for a seat in the Senate. He resigned from the governorship in 2018 after being charged with a felony for threatening to publish nude photos he took of his mistress if she revealed their relationship.
Though Trump hasn’t endorsed anyone in the race yet, he has praised Greitens as “smart” and “tough.” The link between the nominee and the former president is the national co-chair of his Senate campaign: Trump’s future daughter-in-law Kimberly Guilfoyle.
The impact of Trump’s approval of this year’s Republican primary has been questioned by some political analysts following the losses of Georgia’s David Perdue, Nebraska’s Charles Herbster and Idaho’s Janice McGeachin. Other Trump-backed candidates, including Mehmet Oz and Herschel Walker, have won their respective feature races.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Rep. Vicky Hartzler are running against Greitens in the August 2 Republican primary.
Despite leading Schmitt by 6 points in polls ahead of the ads’ release last month, Greit’s lead has slipped to find him trailing the Attorney General by 17 points as of this week. The Hill reported that the drop in Gretens’ poll numbers is partly due to allegations made by his soon-to-be ex-wife earlier this spring after she testified under oath that he had physically assaulted her and their three-year-old son.
For his part, Breitens denies the allegations she called “lies”. His campaign didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“Here’s what we’re hearing from a lot of people who’ve seen President Trump mistakenly attacked over and over again, they’ve seen me mistakenly attacked,” The Hill Greitens told reporters in Kansas City on Monday. “Many of these grassroots patriots are standing up and are all the more determined to fight for me.”