“I hope it will be John Wood,” Danforth said. “He is so much better qualified by experience, by ability, by temperament than anybody else who’s running for US Senate in Missouri.”
Wood is leaving his position with the committee this week, according to a source familiar. The source said the departure is earlier than expected because Wood is being encouraged to run for Senate.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
Conservatives in the state have grown increasingly concerned about the possibility that Greitens, the former governor, could win the GOP nomination. Greitens resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018. His ex-wife has also accused Greitens of abusing her and their children. Greitens has denied past allegation of sexual misconduct and the allegations of abuse.
Greitens raised further alarms this week after releasing a violent campaign video posted on social media
The Greitens campaign feels confident in the former governor’s chances of victory regardless of who else enters the race. A consultant for the Greitens campaign said: “We whole-heartedly encourage any independent candidate to get into this race. We cannot stress enough the more candidates that get into the race, the better.”
The Missouri primary will take place on August 2.
Danforth said his super PAC isn’t designed to serve as a spoiler for any one candidate, but he’s been disheartened by candidates featuring weapons in campaign ads and casting their willingness to fight as a draw for voters.
“The question of polarization, hostility, anger, us-against-them is a problem that affects our entire country,” Danforth said. “We’re saying there must be an alternative.”