COLUMBIA, Mo. — As of this week, Josh Hawley has officially spent a year — or more than half of his time as Attorney General — running for U.S. Senate. So much for that promise not to be another ladder climbing politician.
Here are just a few of the highlights from the first year of Hawley’s Senate candidacy:
- From day one, Hawley has been making time for the out-of-state billionaires and D.C. special interests funding his campaign while skipping out on events with Missourians. Hawley spent the first seven months of his candidacy hiding from Missourians, refusing to hold public campaign events or answer questions.
- While Hawley has frequently tried to claim that he never planned to run for Senate, his own emails show Hawley discussing a run as early as 2011.
- When it comes to the issues, Hawley has repeatedly failed to stand up for Missourians. He is backing the Administration’s trade war despite its harm to Missouri small businesses and agriculture, and has refused to drop a lawsuit that would end protections for nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions.
- In November, longtime Google critic Peter Thiel contributed the maximum contribution to Hawley’s campaign. Four days later, Hawley launched an investigation into Google.
- Hawley has been harshly criticized for running his campaign on divisiveness and bitterness, and has demonstrated a penchant for campaigning on blatant falsehoods. Hawley’s campaign has also been criticized for its lack of substance.
- Republicans have consistently called Hawley out for not working hard enough as he was spotted buying wine and at the gym during work hours.
- Despite plenty of help from the President and Vice President, Hawley has delivered “beyond embarrassing” fundraising results quarter after quarter.
- Hawley has been slammed for his extreme views, such as calling higher education “worthless” and blaming the sexual revolution for sex trafficking.
- Hawley’s campaign has come under fire for his questionable relationship with campaign finance law, including allegations that he violated campaign finance rules by using state funds to prepare for his Senate race.
“From breaking his promise not to be a ladder climbing politician to turning his back on Missourians when it comes to trade and health care, Josh Hawley has shown exactly who he is over the last year. Hawley is running to represent his billionaire and special interest backers, and he will always put their interests ahead of the people of Missouri.”
Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren