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Businessman John Brunner edges closer to Missouri governor’s race

St. Louis area businessman John Brunner announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2011.
St. Louis area businessman John Brunner announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2011. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

John Brunner — who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012 — has established an exploratory committee for the 2016 governor’s race in Missouri.

If he runs he would join Catherine Hanaway and Randy Asbury as GOP governor candidates. State Sen. Mike Parson and Eric Greitens are also said to be considering the campaign.

For weeks Missouri Republicans have said Tom Schweich’s suicide, and the allegations surrounding it, will not be issues in the 2016 race.

Doesn’t look like it.

“Missourians are fed up with campaigns that have little to offer other than the politics of personal destruction,” Brunner’s announcement said.

“As a candidate, I make the following pledge: I will not personally participate, nor will I condone any person employed by my campaign to engage in a campaign of personal destruction. I challenge all candidates for Governor to join with me and take the high road.”

Brunner, a St. Louis area businessman, is expected to invest heavily in the campaign if he decides to run. In 2012, he spent $8 million of his own money in the race for the GOP Senate nomination.

Todd Akin won.

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