Pro-Parson PAC launches ad for the GOP Missouri governor

February 10, 2020 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri political action committee that’s backing Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s bid for another term will launch its first statewide ad on Tuesday, the group’s chairman said.

The ad describes Parson as a “conservative, tough-on-crime governor” and highlights his time as a Missouri sheriff.

Uniting Missouri PAC Chairman John Hancock said the ad will air statewide on broadcast, cable and radio stations. He declined to say how much the PAC spent on the ad or how long it will run.

Voters elected Parson lieutenant governor in 2016. He assumed the governorship in 2018 after former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign violations.

Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway is running to unseat Parson in the November election.

Campaign spokesman Eric Slusher in a statement said insiders who want to stay in power “sense trouble ahead, otherwise they wouldn’t need to go up with TV and radio ads this early.”

Hancock said the PAC has been planning the ad buy for months.