Brunner, a St. Louis businessman, has been running ads for months targeting his potential opponent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, and President Obama. But with two months to go before the Aug. 7 primary, Brunner has shifted his sights to a pair of Republican rivals – U.S. Rep. Todd Akin and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. The ad cites votes Akin took to increase the nation’s debt limit and to approve bills containing spending earmarks. It refers to votes Steelman took as a state senator in support of bonds and budget bills authorizing particular projects. Akin’s campaign said Brunner had broken what former President Ronald Reagan referred as the 11th commandment – to not speak ill of any fellow Republican.
U.S. Senate candidate John Brunner launched the first negative ad of Missouri’s Republican primary race Tuesday, accusing his two GOP opponents of “manufacturing debt” with votes they cast as lawmakers.