Brunner retracts harsh accusation against Greitens donor

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Missouri Republicans just concluded a very contentious gubernatorial campaign. The party was supposed to hold a unity rally to bring everyone together behind the primary winner, Eric Greitens, in the November general election.

That rally didn’t happen.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the rally was cancelled because of the ongoing feud between Greitens and primary runner-up John Brunner. The issue between the two is apparently from a campaign ad in which Greitens is accused of taking money from man who the ad said, “…Had a teenage sex slave.”

That claim to a defamation lawsuit against Brunner.

Around noon Thursday, Brunner released the following statement on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Democratic Party filed three ethics complaints against Greitens, claiming that his campaign is trying to conceal the identity of donors while illegally profiting from dark money.

The Greitens campaign released this statement:

"Missouri democrats are desperate. They have already spent over $1 million trying to hijack the Republican primary to keep Eric Greitens from winning, and now they are literally just making stuff up.

“These are ridiculous politically motivated filings that are designed to distract away from Chris Koster's 20-year record of epic failure and serial corruption.

“These complaints are full of lies - exactly what we would expect from desperate democrats."