New Attack Ad Targets GOP Senate Candidate Brunner
CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis businessman John Brunner wants to see change in Washington D.C., so he is spending millions of dollars of his own money in hopes of winning the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
“I’m used to getting things done and I got discouraged …..disappointed with the inability for people to get things done up in D.C. so I’ll give it a try,” Brunner told a lunch crowd at Syberg’s in Chesterfield Thursday. He says it is time for a citizen senator with a business background to join the Senate.
“I think what we need is to have more of a mix. Far too many people made this a career and they’ve really kind of shut the door to those who want to come in, volunteer and serve a couple terms and come home,” he said.
Brunner believes too many elected officials spend most of their time worrying about getting re-elected instead of solving the nation’s problems.
His campaign commercials paint his two major GOP opponents as “career politicians” implying that is a negative. Long time elected officials “tend to lose touch with people,” he said. Veteran St. Louis County Congressman Todd Akin and former Missouri state treasurer Sarah Steelman from the Rolla area both see their own political experience as valuable to Missouri residents.
Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Brunner has spent $4.8 million of his own money in the primary campaign. He makes no apology for that. “Fortunately I’ve taken some money I’ve earned in the free enterprise system to get the word out that there is truly a choice and an opportunity here because to catch up with their name ID it did take resources.”
Brunner’s campaign staff believes his candidacy is a threat to Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill. The Majority PAC (political action committee), which works to keep a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, launched a political commercial this week in Missouri attacking Brunner.
“That’s unprecedented,” said Brunner’s Communications Director Todd Abrajano.
Others on the Republican primary ballot August 7 include: Jerry Beck; Mark Memoly at www.memoly.org; Hector Maldonado at hectorforamerica.com; Robert Poole at www.poole4ussenate.com, and Mark Patrick Lodes at www.markforsenate.org.
The winner will face Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in November.