November 1, 2018/Press Release

Final Week of Hawley — DAY 5: Missourians Can’t Wait to Reject Josh Hawley Because He Always Puts Party Loyalty Before What’s Best for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. — With just five days left in this campaign, Missourians are ready to reject Josh Hawley’s rigid partisanship and re-elect Claire McCaskill for her track record of always putting Missouri first.

“Missouri voters want a Senator who will be independent, but Josh Hawley is just another rabid partisan who is incapable of standing up to his party bosses and big money backers. Whether it’s health care, government transparency, or tariffs, Hawley has shown over and over that he will always put party loyalty ahead of what’s best for Missouri.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren

Here are just a few examples of Josh Hawley’s failure to stand up to his own party:

  • After being handpicked by Mitch McConnell and the Washington establishment for this race, Hawley has failed to break with his party a single time, going out of his way to refuse to criticize President Trump or Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  • Meanwhile, when asked recently by National Journal to show his independence, Hawley “declined to name any issues where he disagrees with the Trump administration.”

  • Hawley joined his fellow Republicans in filing a lawsuit that to puts health insurance protections for nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions at risk.

  • Hawley has unapologetically supported the Administration’s trade war that is hurting Missouri farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers. When later given the opportunity denounce the Administration’s tariffs and their negative impact on Missouri’s economy, Hawley refused to do so.

  • Hawley conducted a sham investigation to protect the sitting governor of his own party, choosing party loyalty over his obligation to find answers for the people of Missouri.

  • Hawley stood with his Republican megadonors as they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to weaken workers’ rights to collectively bargain in Missouri. The backward Right-to-Work-for-less ballot initiative was overwhelmingly defeated by Missouri voters in August. Hawley also refuses to break with his party on the minimum wage, saying he will not support a popular measure to gradually increase Missouri’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2023.

  • Instead of working to protect and expand Missourians’ right to make their voices heard at the ballot box, Hawley stood with his party and appealed a recent ruling on the voter ID law, which made it easier to vote in Missouri by clarifying a “contradictory and misleading” component of the state’s voter ID law.