Republican gubernatorial challenger Dave Spence’s involvement in a St. Louis bank continues to serve as a front line in the advertising war between him and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
One of the latest salvos occurred when Spence, a former St. Louis-area plastics manufacturer, sent a letter on Monday to television stations across the state ordering them to stop showing an attack ad by Nixon.
“Your station is currently airing a political advertisement that makes false and defamatory charges against Dave Spence, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor,” Spence’s letter states.
The letter, which was written by Kansas City attorney Edward Griem, also warns that TV stations may face “legal jeopardy” if they do not stop airing the ad.
Oren Shur, Nixon’s campaign manager, said the campaign stands by the spot’s content and called Spence’s letter a “far-fetched and desperate move.”