Greitens doubled down on the controversy with a social media campaign video that showed him the hunt shoot down the RINOs with assault weapons. The video sparked outrage from political opponents as it was released amid a wave of deadly mass shootings across the country. Facebook took down the video, but not before the video made national headlines and served its purpose.
“It was classic scandal management,” Leiter said. “If you have scandals that are going to hurt you, especially some of these child abuse charges, sexual assault charges, charity fraud charges, those are not big scandals to But an accusation that you’re running an extreme ad that’s designed to be removed by Facebook, and it was very clearly designed to be removed by social media, that’s an outrage you’d like to deal with because that fits the message that you I send that there is something about the elites holding you back.
Schmitt, the state’s attorney general, has shaped himself as a classic Trump conservative. His advertisements show him take a torch to President Joe Biden’s socialist agenda and, more recently, his television ads have offensive Hartzler for being a Washington insider and Greitens for being a wife and child molester.
As attorney general, he has filed numerous lawsuits — often with little success — against China over the spread of Covid-19, suing school districts and local governments over Covid-19 mask mandates. More recently, he made Missouri the first in the nation to enforce a previously passed trigger law banning abortion after the Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wade.
“These are foolish lawsuits,” said Warren, a professor at St. Louis University. “It is, in spirit, a violation of the Hatch Act, as he is using his office to file these frivolous lawsuits which he knows will only revive his Republican base, especially in rural Missouri.”
The Hatch Act prohibits public employees from engaging in certain forms of political activity, particularly campaigning.
All is not lost for Hartzler, who early in the campaign won the key endorsement of junior U.S. Senator from Missouri, Josh Hawley, who also has a favorable rating among Missouri voters despite an infamous photo of him holding up the fist in support of the rioters on January 1. 6, 2021, just before they storm the Capitol. Hawley has aligned closely with Trump throughout his career and was one of the few U.S. senators to vote against election certification amid Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations.
“The Hartzler thing is kind of interesting, because you rarely see someone go all out, come out and say ‘I don’t approve of this person even though he begged me, he’s not the person to fight the RINOs. “Daniel Ponder, a political scientist at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, said in a phone interview. “And then just other internal dynamics that may or may not have played into that, right? , because Hawley and Greitens hate each other. Hawley was very Trumpian.
Hawley is one of several politicians on both sides of the aisle who have called on Greitens to drop out of the race due to the domestic abuse allegations.
On the Democratic side, Trudy Busch Valentine and Lucas Kunce are clearly the first in a field of 11 candidates. The two frontrunners are trying to capture what they hope will be a pro-abortion rights voting bloc, energized and angered by the overthrow of deer.
Busch Valentine, a member of the Busch family beer mogul, has long been a Democratic donor and fundraiser but has never run for office. She is functioning as a former nurse, mother and protector of women’s reproductive rights.
Kunce is a 13-year Navy veteran and antitrust advocate. It is endorsed by Pro-Choice Missouri, according to its website.
Kunce’s Recent TV Ads Attacked Busch Valentine’s participation in Veiled Profit’s all-white social society and prom. In 1977, she was crowned society queen of love and beauty. Upon receiving the title, she stood alongside a man hidden by a white cloth resembling the attire of a Klu Klux Klan member, while civil rights protesters were arrested outside, according at the Riverfront Times.
The Veiled Prophet was founded by former Confederate officers in the 1870s in response to a labor revolt.
Busch Valentine has apologized for his involvement in the organization.
Overall, the campaign on the Democratic side has been much calmer than that of their Republican counterparts.
“Keep an eye on the silence, because I think the two types of candidates who vote the highest or have the most economic resources, realize that where they should spend money is in general [election]”, Leiter said. “Everybody knows that for Democrats, the flip side and the dragging side is the general election, so part of that is just, you know, resource management. … I suspect what we will see is that no matter who wins, the other will come and fight for the winner.
Whoever wins the Democratic nomination faces an uphill battle overall.
While Greitens, with his baggage, is widely seen as the most vulnerable in the GOP field, polls indicate that regardless of who emerges as the Republican nominee has an advantage in a state that has gone from the flag to deep red in the course of the last decade.
“The biggest determinant of vote choice, by far, is simply partisanship,” Warren said. “And so partisanship means a lot and all it means is Republicans vote Republicans and Democrats vote Democrats, and very few of them are going to change because of issues.”
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