MO candidate’s first TV ad is a gun-totin’ spectacle

Eric Greitens is blasting his way into the public eye—and not in a good way. Most candidates’ first TV ads are homey affairs, introducing themselves and their all-American families, and focusing on the personal history that drove them to public service. Not so for Greitens. He’s a Republican, running for Governor of Missouri, and his first ad is very different, to say the least.

Watch this, and you’ll see what I’m talking about:

This is what passes for political advertising in 2016. Unfortunately, in gun-loving Missouri, it’s well-targeted. [Missouri’s legislature recently passed a bill making it legal to concealed-carry a gun without a permit. It’s the wild wild west out here.]

Well, at least in his ad, Greitens is not aiming at an image of another politician. But if this is his opening round [pun intended], we can expect a lot more of this macho, gun-totin’ attitude as the August Missouri primary election gets closer. The ad blitz has just begun. Greitens is in a four-way race with some other very aggressive candidates. It’s going to get ugly, and if this ad is an indicator, the ugly is going to be really bad.

PS: This is not an ad created by a PAC that [supposedly] cannot tell the candidate what it’s up to. This ad is funded by Greitens himself. This is who he is and how he chooses to present himself.

And this may only be the beginning:  Greitens has amassed a giant campaign treasury—more than $4 million so far–over half of which comes from donors outside of Missouri. The speculation is that he and his national donors are angling for a shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2020.

Greitens is locked and loaded. “We don’t need more rhetoric,” he says, in print. But his bang-bang, blow-‘em-up debut ad implies an alternative that is much worse.

  • Stacy Mergenthal

    YIKES! I try to make it a rule not to vote for or support a candidate that does more to scare me than convince me they’re a qualified candidate.

  • Sue Evans

    Great. Just what we need. Another reason for other states to point at us and laugh. Well, I guess if we can’t be a good example, we can serve as a terrible warning.

  • Lee Dilley

    I don’t have the “ESTROGEN LEVEL” to join in on this “cry-baby”, “panty-waste” session! …Firearms ARE NOT the PROBLEM! …that would be like saying that “automobiles” are the REASON(?) that drunk drivers kill people?!? Again, that would be the IDENTICAL type of (LIBERAL) LOGIC that would claim that “spoons” are responsible for making some people obese?!? …it doesn’t make any sense!!! The PROBLEM is the PERSON(s), not their choice of TOOL THEY’VE CHOSEN to use!!!
    Just ask the PEOPLE in FLORIDA (now!) if THEY WISHED that SOMEONE had had a FIREARM to STOP THAT GUY WITH!!!

  • Jay Silversmith

    honey, don’t worry about yer estogen level. Worry about if you took your meds today.
    Firearms ARE the first problem. Once you take away the WMD from deranged people who hate the “others”, you can then work on changing their delusional, bigoted, racist, homophobic behavior. Eric Greitens is just the type of mental giant that needs counseling, not running for governor with OUTSIDE money from other RW gun nutters. Buy a pistol if you are that nervous in your own skin.

  • Jim Me

    @jay, your logic that the guns are the problem is the same as saying that cars are the problem when a drunk driver kills someone, and I have heard it time and time again from the liberal left, I have not heard them use the same approach to drunk driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 33,804 people died from motor vehicle traffic accidents — and 33, 636 died from firearms, (of that 33,636 there were 21,175 firearms suicides) which leaves 12,461 deaths by firearms involving another person. So your argument should be against automobile manufacturers, not guns. Should we go with other more serious issues in the US and Missouri Before we jump on another glorified liberal bandwagon? So as you can see guns are not the real problem, idiots that do nothing but follow the liberal bandwagon from trail to trail are the real problem. Educate yourself and then come back with something real to worry about!!! Stop just watching MSNBC, ABC, CBS and the other liberal news. I get so sick of the liberal BS and the people that blindly follow.

  • Jim Me

    Better that than vote in a dead democrat like in 2000, just to have the election given to the widow, who was NOT on the Ballot. That was the most hysterical event ever.

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