Scandal-plagued Missouri governor goes on offense with new radio ad

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BRANSON MO NEWS: JEFFERSON CITY • Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is spending an estimated $50,000 on a statewide radio ad buy this week to tell voters he’s not backing down from the scandal that has clouded his political future.Greitens’ political adviser Austin Chambers confirmed to the Post-Dispatch Wednesday night that the ad buy will make a case for the first-term governor to continue in office despite the criminal indictment he faces for allegedly photographing a woman he was having an affair with in 2015 without her consent.The Republican has refused calls by fellow GOP lawmakers in the Missouri Legislature to resign and has hired a legal team to defend him in a case that is set to go before a jury on May 14.

The governor has kept a low profile in recent weeks. Aides did not respond to questions from the Post-Dispatch about the governor’s activities Wednesday.The ad, first reported by CNN, says liberals are “hell-bent on stopping his conservative reforms.””Even Satan’s own lawyers from the Satanic Temple are suing Greitens,” the ad says, referring to a lawsuit by women associated with the organization against a Missouri abortion law pushed by Greitens during a special legislative session in 2017.”Eric Greitens is on a conservative mission for Missouri and he won’t stop until the mission is complete,” the ad says.The ad is being financed by Greitens’ campaign fund. The governor had $2.7  million in his account as of Jan. 1, according to filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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