(TheRedWire.com) – Allegations of domestic abuse can severely harm a candidate’s viability to win political office. Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) is running to replace US Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), who recently announced he was retiring from political life. Greitens holds a sizable advantage in the Republican primary according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. That was before devastating allegations from his ex-wife emerged.
Sheena Greitens alleged her ex-husband was unstable and coercive. She claimed the former governor hit his then-three-year-old-son and pulled him around by his hair. She further alleged her then-husband knocked her down angrily during an argument and forbade her from using a cellphone to seek help. She also claimed Grietens said he would use his political power to win custody of their children.
Eric Greitens, GOP Senate candidate, accused of domestic abuse by ex-wife https://t.co/eIL5S0yKhx
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 21, 2022
Mrs. Greitens divorced her husband in 2018 after the governor resigned from office due to an extra-marital affair. The woman with whom he cheated on his wife alleged the then-governor sexually assaulted her and used her nude pictures as blackmail. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges, and Greitens admitted to the affair but not the sexual assault or blackmail.
The Senatorial candidate said his ex-wife’s allegations against him are false, and he claims she’s vindictive and wants to destroy him. Eric Greitens said he’s filing for full custody of the children.
Will the allegations hurt Greitens’ candidacy for the Senate?
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