St. Louis Post Dispatch political reporter Kevin McDermott is writing about a private argument between GOP candidates for Missouri governor John Brunner and Eric Greitens that has gone public:
The audio recording is a phone conversation between two political candidates trying to schedule a meeting with each other. But at times, it sounds more like a Hollywood thriller — an especially melodramatic one.
“Oh, John Brunner, oh my God, you are such a weasel! Are you going to meet tomorrow or not?” demands Eric Greitens.
He then says, in an almost ominous whisper: “I can’t wait to see you in person, John. I want to look in your eyes.”
Brunner, one of the Greitens’ opponents for the 2016 Republican nomination for Missouri governor, spends much of the conversation appealing for calm and chuckling patiently, as Greitens calls him a “weasel,” “coward,” “corrupt” and a liar.
Then Brunner fires back. “You know what men do, Eric? They don’t call people names,” he says. “They sit down and talk face to face. That’s what men do.”
And so on, for more than 10 minutes:
At issue is a campaign website by a third-party organization that is attacking Greitens as insufficiently conservative. The site is run by a former Brunner campaign employee. Brunner’s campaign claims it has nothing to do with the site — though the ex-employee, Adam McLain, was still drawing payments from the Brunner campaign as late as September.