Vulnerable Mike Parson Files for Governor Under Haze of Disastrous Record as Greitens Continues to Tout Comeback
GOP Gov. Mike Parson filed as a candidate for governor today under a haze of rumors of a Greitens comeback and increased outrage over the dire state of health care in the state. His filing coincided with the airing of a third campaign ad by his Super PAC, marking another remarkably early campaign expenditure to prop up the governor.
Parson’s short time in office has already been marred by a disastrous record on health care. Under Parson’s watch, Missouri has the highest rate of uninsured children under the age of six in the country in a two year period with over 100,000 children bumped off Medicaid rolls despite qualifying for coverage. Meanwhile, rural hospitals continue to close.
All this while rumors continue to swirl around the potential comeback and primary challenge by former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens. Greitens, who continues to claim “total exoneration” has not ruled out a run and it’s clear the Parson team is taking the threat seriously – his Super PAC is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars running ads and touting a poll claiming a secure lead.
“Mike Parson has ignored Missouri’s children and rural communities all while currying favors with Jefferson City insiders,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director, Christina Amestoy. “Now Parson’s hoping he’s buttered up those insiders enough to stave off a primary challenge from the ghost of Eric Greitens. But there is no hiding the truth – Parson has failed Missouri families. It’s time for him to go.”