Republican challenger Dave Spence has filed a defamation lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over a campaign ad.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Cole County claims Nixon maliciously or recklessly broadcast false statements about Spence's role with a bank. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Nixon's campaign manager, Oren Shur, responded by saying Spence "needs to take a deep breath."
"You see a lot of crazy stunts during the course of a campaign," Shur, said in a statement. "But this frivolous lawsuit is misguided and desperate.”
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