Rauner forced to pull ad after ally accused of blackmail

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Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign is being forced to take down an ad featuring the support of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R), after allegations of blackmail emerged Wednesday.

Greitens is accused of blindfolding and taking nude photos of his mistress against her will in order to blackmail her into silence about their affair. The ex-husband of the mistress released an audio recording shortly after Greitens delivered his annual State of the State.

A bipartisan group of Missouri lawmakers is calling on the state’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley, to investigate the allegations of blackmail. If true, they say, the governor should either resign or be impeached.

Greitens played a prominent role in a television ad supporting Rauner, which the campaign has now pulled from the airwaves. “Big fans here in Missouri,” Greitens says in the ad. The Rauner campaign has so far not commented on the allegations against ally Greitens, but acknowledged the ad is no longer running.

Rauner has also financially supported Greitens, giving $100,000 to his campaign in September 2016.

Greitens has so far admitted to the extramarital affair, which took place in 2015, but has denied the accusations of blackmail.

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