A screenshot of an attack ad against Eric Greitens.
The shadowy group behind a set of recent attack ads targeting Eric Greitens is at it again.
Released on November 25, the ad (titled "Season's Greitens") is the third produced by the Super PAC Patriots for America, which is seeking to convince voters that Greitens, a former a Navy SEAL, is not conservative enough to be Missouri's governor. The previous two videos ads take aim at Greitens' status as a "conservative outsider," but this latest offering doesn't mention Greitens' past as a Democrat or his position on embryonic stem cell research — in fact, the whole thing quite meta.
So why was Greitens so pissed? The short answer is that he believes Brunner is behind the attack ads and the sneakily deceptive campaign website ericgrietens.com, which is designed to trick casual Googlers by transposing the "e" and the "i" in Greitens' last name.
During the phone call, Greitens referenced a Kansas City Star report that connected Patriots for America to former Brunner campaign employee Adam McLain. But Brunner's campaign told the paper that it isn't behind the anti-Greitens website and claims that it split with McLain over "performance issues and because he wasn’t willing to move to Missouri." Before the split, records show, Brunner's campaign paid McLain nearly $13,000, with the most recent payment coming in September.
For his part, Greitens has made no mystery of his feelings about Brunner and the leaking of the recorded phone conversation, which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained through a third party.
"Leaders don’t record private conversations and leak them to the media, sleazy politicians do," Greitens wrote in a statement posted to his campaign website. "What’s disgusting about politics is all the so-called 'leaders' who hide behind others and refuse to take responsibility for their actions. That’s called cowardice."
So, to sum it all up: a secretly-funded Super PAC produced an attack ad mocking a Missouri gubernatorial candidate using a secretively recorded phone conversation of that very candidate losing his shit because a secretly-funded Super PAC was making attack ads against him.
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