- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An audio recording has captured a heated phone call between two Republican candidates for Missouri governor.

Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens is heard calling St. Louis businessman John Brunner a “weasel,” ”coward,” ”corrupt” and a liar on the Nov. 14 recording, while Brunner spends much of the conversation appealing for calm, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1OqBaSp) reports. Both campaigns confirmed this week that the recording, which the newspaper obtained, is genuine.

In it, Greitens demands a meeting with Brunner to discuss his allegation that Brunner is behind a campaign website by a third-party organization that is attacking Greitens as insufficiently conservative. The site is run by a former Brunner campaign employee. Brunner’s campaign claims it has nothing to do with the site - though the ex-employee, Adam McLain, was still drawing payments from the Brunner campaign as late as September.

Greitens is heard saying, “Oh, John Brunner, oh my God, you are such a weasel! Are you going to meet tomorrow or not?” He then adds: “I can’t wait to see you in person, John. I want to look in your eyes.”

At one point, Brunner fires back. “You know what men do, Eric? They don’t call people names,” he says. “They sit down and talk face to face. That’s what men do.”

Brunner deputy campaign manager Mike Hafner said the call was recorded because an earlier call from Greitens was “bordering on a threatening nature.”

Greitens campaign manager Austin Chambers said in a statement that the recording shows “Greitens is disgusted by sleazy politics.” The campaign said Greitens wasn’t aware the conversation was being recorded.

Two other candidates are currently seeking the Republican nomination for Missouri governor: former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. The only announced candidate for the Democratic nomination is Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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