Former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview FEC finds Twitter didn't break law by blocking spread of Hunter Biden story Juan Williams: The toxic legacy of Trump's corruption MORE (R) is set to campaign for former Missouri governor and Senate candidate Eric Greitens on Saturday.
An invitation tweeted out by Greitens on Wednesday bills the event at the Once Upon a Time Ranch in Robertsville, Mo., as a “grassroots rally” featuring Giuliani, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and Veterans for Trump co-chair Jessie Jane Duff.
Join us on Saturday, July 10th at 2pm in Robertsville, MO for a grassroots rally with @RudyGiuliani, @BernardKerik, & @JessieJaneDuff!— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) July 5, 2021
The road to #SaveAmerica runs through Missouri! See you there! pic.twitter.com/F7DFX58WvL
Greitens is up against a crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP hopes spending traps derail Biden agenda A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns MORE (R-Mo.) in 2022. Other top contenders include Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Rep. Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerAfter messy Afghanistan withdrawal, questions remain House panel backs making women register for draft Republicans hit Biden over Afghanistan, with eye on midterms MORE (R-Mo.).
Several other Republicans, including Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerConservative women's group endorses Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor FOSTA is model for reforming Section 230 Navy admiral criticizes defense contractors over lobbying efforts MORE (R-Mo.), Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithTrump unhappy with Guilfoyle backing Greitens: report Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri GAO rules Biden freeze on border wall funds legal MORE (R-Mo.) and Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes Republicans hit Biden over Afghanistan, with eye on midterms McCarthy: 'There will be a day of reckoning' for Biden MORE (R-Mo.), are said to be eyeing the Senate nomination as well.
Once seen as a rising star in the GOP, Greitens political career was upended in 2018, when he resigned in the face of mounting scandals.
But despite concerns among many Republicans that Greitens’s candidacy could be a liability for the GOP, he’s managed to score endorsements from some key figures in former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s orbit, including Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer.
Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump unhappy with Guilfoyle backing Greitens: report Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE, a former Trump campaign official and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., is serving as national chair for Greitens’s Senate bid.
By tying himself to Trump and those close to him, Greitens is hoping to capitalize on the former president’s deep influence and popularity among Republican voters.
A former swing state, Missouri has lurched to the right over the years. Missouri voters ousted former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri MORE (D-Mo.) in 2018 in favor of Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Mo.), a conservative firebrand and ally of Trump. And the former president himself carried Missouri in the 2020 election by more than 15 points.
Still, half-a-dozen Democrats have lined up so far to replace Blunt, and party leaders believe that they have a shot at capturing his Senate seat next year, especially if Republicans nominate Greitens, whom Democrats see as politically damaged from his 2018 resignation.