October 30, 2018/Press Release

Final Week of Hawley: The Top 7 Reasons Missourians Can’t Wait to Reject Josh Hawley on November 6

Reason number one: Josh Hawley is just another ladder-climbing, promise-breaking politician

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Just one week out from Election Day, the Missouri Democratic Party is launching a countdown outlining the top seven reasons Missourians can’t wait to reject Josh Hawley on November 6.

Today’s edition is a review of Josh Hawley’s record as a ladder-climbing, promise-breaking politician.

“From breaking the very first promise he made about not climbing the ladder to lying about his efforts to sabotage health care, Missourians just can’t trust Josh Hawley. Hawley has made it clear that he doesn’t care about the people of Missouri — he’s just in this race to advance his own political ambitions at their expense.”

Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren

Here’s a look at how Josh Hawley broke his very first promise to Missourians and became just another ladder climbing politician:

  • While Hawley repeatedly told Missourians that he never planned to run for Senate, emails from as early as 2011 show that Hawley considered running — and admitted that he moved back to Missouri specifically for political reasons.

  • Hawley’s signature campaign promise when running for attorney general was that he would not be another ladder-climbing politician. He even ran a whole ad about it.

  • Throughout his bid for attorney general, Hawley slammed career politicians, arguing that Jefferson City is “a mess” because its leaders are “more interested in their careers and political advancement” than cleaning it up.

  • Yet less than a year into his job as attorney general, Hawley broke his promise and announced his bid for U.S. Senate.

  • St. Louis Public Radio called Hawley’s decision to run for Senate “something of an about-face for someone who criticized ‘career politicians’ who ‘climbed up the ladder.’”

  • Columbia Missourian columnist David Rosman wrote that “To make such a short career in state government only to run for a federal office is certainly the mark of a politician who wants to move up the ranks as quickly as possible.”