In the final days before Missouri’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, candidate Eric Greitens responded to a Democratic attack ad by firing more than 100 rounds from a machine gun as an announcer declared in a rebuttal ad that he would bring out “the big guns” to “fight Obama’s Democrat machine.” Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, prevailed in a hard-fought, four-way primary, earning the right to face Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster on Nov. 8, reports the Associated Press. Greitens’ message amounts to nothing more than ‘let’s fire machine guns and do sit-ups into the camera,’ ” Koster said while launching his general election campaign yesterday.
“Chris Koster was so afraid of our campaign that he felt that the only way that he could win is by trying to rig the election by choosing the opponent that he was going to run against,” Greitens said, using similar rhetoric about a rigged political system as has Republican Donald Trump and Democratic presidential runner-up Bernie Sanders. Greitens, 42, of St. Louis, won the split Republican primary with less than 35 percent of the vote. The candidates sharply criticized the way Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon responded to riots after the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and to protests over racial concerns last fall at the University of Missouri in Columbia.