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Summer Cesspool: MO Gov Primary Descending into Chaos

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Summer Cesspool: MO Gov Primary Descending into Chaos

‘Nastiest’ primary debate devolves into ‘jabs about sexual slavery and strip clubs’

With Missouri’s primary election less than one month away, the GOP gubernatorial primary contest is free falling into mayhem.

Check out news coverage from last night’s Republican primary debate, which is being called the “nastiest” debate yet:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Greitens’ debate opponents put him on defense over campaign donor, gun commercial

“Eric Greitens, whose campaign for Missouri governor has played up his past as a Navy SEAL warrior, spent much of Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate on the defensive against attacks from his three Republican primary opponents, in a clash that descended at one point into jabs about sexual slavery and strip clubs.

“Greitens’ opponents for the GOP nomination — businessman John Brunner, former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder — went after him, as they have before, for refusing to return $1 million in donations he has received from a California donor who is facing civil action for allegedly sexually abusing a woman for years.

“‘(It is) the dirtiest money that has ever been brought into any Missouri campaign,’ Kinder alleged at one point. 

“Greitens shot back: ‘Lt. Gov. Kinder is the last person on this stage who should be talking about men hanging out in strip clubs,’ a reference to a 2011 controversy over Kinder’s prior relationship with a stripper.”

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri GOP contenders for governor mince no words during heated debate

“By even their own accounts, Wednesday’s debate at St. Louis Public Radio’s studio – and broadcast by public radio stations around the state — appeared to be their liveliest. And the nastiest.

“Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway led the charge with the first of a series of jabs directed at former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, who is making his first bid for public office. He has raised the most money and has attracted attention with his campaign ads that feature him firing off weapons.

“The state’s problems, said Hanaway in her opening statement, ‘can’t be fixed by explosive ads from candidates with no experience.’”