Polls have consistently shown Greitens ahead of his main rivals, including state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Rep. Vicky Hartzler be p. Billy Long.
The group is funded by an array of Missouri Republican Party donors, including Rex Sinquefield and his wife, Jeanne. (The couple support Schmitt.) The super PAC is overseen by veteran Republican strategist Johnny DeStefano, a Kansas City native and former top White House official for former President Donald Trump. Donors approached DeStefano earlier this year and expressed interest in starting an organization.
One of the band’s TV adverts says Greitens has been involved in “scandal after scandal” and highlights claims by Greitens’ ex-wife that he abused her and her children, which the former governor denied. Another ad calls Greitens soft on China, saying that “while President Trump was getting tough on China, Eric Greitens was praising them.”
The ads are set to run throughout Missouri, on broadcast and cable television channels in the Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield media markets, as well as on statewide cable.
Greitens drew attention this week, after posting a controversial ad in which he said he was “hunting” the RINOS, or Republicans in name only. The video featured images of soldiers armed with machine guns.
Greitens campaign manager Dylan Johnson denounced the super PAC and its ads in a statement.
“These swamp creatures and crooks know their time at the trough is over,” Johnson said. “That’s why they’re afraid of the America First champion, Governor Greitens.”