JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Eric Greitens recently submitted to Missouri Right to Life the survey commonly used when seeking an endorsement. Greitens has also met with Missouri Right to Life.
Greitens had previously refused to return the survey or even meet with the pro-life organization, leaving him the only Republican primary candidate without the endorsement.
“We have been trying for seven months to get a copy of his survey and to have a meeting,” said Susan Klein, the group’s legislative liaison said. “Obviously we’re concerned with all of this coming about in the four weeks prior to the election. But we do have a survey. We have had a meeting. There is conversation going on.”
It’s too early to tell whether he will receive the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life. The group will not be releasing the results until their October newsletter hits mailboxes. Klein also said the group’s political action committee would be meeting this week to discuss the survey and meeting, but nothing had been decided.
“The PAC has not made a decision one way or the other at this time of what their action will be,” she said. “At this time we are still where we have been. The PAC will be meeting this week for further discussion.”
Greitens has drawn criticism since the primary campaign for not submitting a Missouri Right to Life survey. Every other Republican candidate for governor had submitted the survey and was endorsed.
“We’re ready and willing to sit down with Mr. Greitens at any time of his choosing. We don’t shut doors on candidates,” Plemmons told the Missouri Times in August. “If he wants to communicate with us, our door is 100 percent open.”
Greitens’ campaign later used the primary victory as evidence to downplay special interest endorsements, such as Missouri Right to Life.
After the primary, Greitens’ opponent, Attorney General Chris Koster, received the endorsement of several typically Republican groups.
When asked about submitting the survey now, the Greitens campaign did not return a request for comment.