SERIOUS QUESTION: If Eric Greitens can’t make it through policy questions from reporters, how does he expect to tackle the state’s challenges and lead in real life?
This weekend, in their endorsement of Chris Koster for Governor, the St Louis Post-Dispatch gave an inside look at their meeting with Eric Greitens:
“Meeting with the editorial board, Greitens at one point grew impatient and said our questions pressing him for policy specifics were “making my head hurt.” We were asking him about stop-and-frisk policies for police officers; he said it was the wrong question, as was our interest in campaign finance reform and state budget problems.” – St Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board
This “head hurt” must be why Eric Greitens “no comments” so often on major issues.
Take a look, it sure happens a lot:
- Greitens “did not respond to requests for comment” on his large out-of-state donations.
- Greitens campaign “did not immediately return messages seeking comment” on Greitens refusal to release his tax returns.
- Greitens campaign “did not respond” for comment on his continued support for Donald Trump again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and just this week once again.
- Greitens’ campaign “declined to comment, citing the pending litigation” on his largest donor (an accused sexual abuser) suing Greitens’ primary opponent.
- Greitens “was not available to comment” on the shady dark money funneled in through the SEALs for Truth PAC.
- Greitens campaign manager “did not directly answer AP questions” about the SEALs for Truth concealing its donors.
- Greitens’ campaign “did not respond to a request for comment” on the lack of transparency in a PAC that supports him.
- The Greitens “did not immediately respond to requests for information about the source of his donors” from the Post-Dispatch.
- Even PACs supporting Greitens have picked up the no-comment habit and refused to comment, twice.
- At the State Fair, Greitens “wasn’t available for comment” on agriculture issues.
- Calls to Greitens’ campaign for comment on Medicaid expansion “were not returned.”
- Greitens campaign “did not respond to questions about how the former Navy SEAL would handle the daunting backlog of repairs” to state buildings.
- Greitens’ manager “declined to say” if their veterans responses were filmed ahead of Koster’s ad.
- Greitens campaign “did not respond to a request for comment” on Ferguson a few times.
- Greitens Campaign “did not return a request for comment” on completing the Missouri Right to Life questionnaire.
- Greitens was “not available for comment” on a prescription drug monitoring program.
- Greitens’ manager “did not return phone calls or emails” on his candidate’s position on Israel.
- Greitens “did not respond” to a “request for information about how he would address the transportation issue.”
- Greitens campaign “didn’t respond to a request for comment on the FOP’s Koster endorsement.”
- Greitens campaign did not respond to St Louis Public Radio’s message regarding the FOP endorsement.
- Greitens “declined to comment” on his single largest individual donor.
- Greitens “did not respond to emails and telephone calls seeking comment” on use of taxpayer funds for religious schools.
- Greitens campaign “did not immediately return AP requests for comment” on campaign contribution limits.
- Greitens “did not send a response back” when asked repeatedly about the most contentious legislative issue, SJR 39.
- Greitens was the only GOP candidate to skip out on interviews with KRCG, KWOC and KSDK interviews.
- Greitens “could not be reached for comment” on if he supported life-saving stem cell research.
- Greitens campaign “did not respond to requests for comment” on a major stem cell research donor.
- Greitens was the only statewide candidate not to respond to questions about LGBT rights and religious liberty.
- Greitens campaign “did not immediately respond to a request for comment” on ethics complaints.
Maybe Greitens’ refusal to answer questions is just part of the same “arrogant and cynical” know-it-all attitude he displayed at the Post-Dispatch editorial board meeting.
Or maybe he has a policy-induced migraine problem.
Either way, Eric Greitens is unfit to be governor and Wrong for Missouri.