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Greitens Joined by High-Profile Republicans in Missouri Senate Bid

FILE- In this May 17, 2018, photo, then Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens waits to deliver remarks to a small group of supporters near the capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens' political future seemed doomed by scandal when he resigned as Missouri governor. Now, he appears primed to test whether Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement provides a path for redemption within a Republican Party searching for direction after former President Donald Trump's election loss. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

ROBERTSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Several high-profile conservatives joined former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens at a rally for his U.S. Senate campaign.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik joined Greitens at Saturday’s campaign event in rural Franklin County. More than 200 people attended the rally for Greitens, who was forced from the governor’s office by scandal just a year and a half into his tenure.

Greitens, 46, is vying to replace retiring Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in his return to politics.

Greitens was indicted in February 2018 on an invasion-of-privacy charge in St. Louis for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he was having an affair and threatening to use it as blackmail.

Soon after he was charged, a Missouri House committee began investigating campaign finance issues, and Greitens faced a second felony charge accusing him of providing his political fundraiser with the donor list from a veterans charity he founded.

The invasion of privacy charge was dropped, but the prosecutor vowed to continue to pursue a case. A few weeks later, in June 2018, Greitens resigned and the fundraising charge was dropped as well.  The prosecutor and investigator hired by the prosecutor remain under investigation for misconduct in the investigation and prosecution.

Giuliani argued that Greitens had a successful track record as governor as he urged voters to support him, the Washington Missourian reports.

“We need somebody who stands up for the truth,” Giuliani said.


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