October 11, 2017/Press Release

Hawley Pledges Loyalty to Bannon to Get His Endorsement — What About McConnell?

COLUMBIA, Mo. — On Sunday, Bloomberg News reported that Steve Bannon has two conditions for supporting a candidate for U.S. Senate: “They will vote against McConnell as majority leader, and they will vote to end senators’ ability to block legislation by filibustering.” Axios reported this morning that opposing McConnell has become “a de facto litmus test in Bannon’s recruitment.”

On Monday, the Springfield News-Leader reported that Bannon has endorsed Hawley for Senate. But the News-Leader also noted that Hawley has “the support of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP power players as a candidate who will embrace a traditional Republican agenda.” Hawley refused to answer when asked “whether he would vote to keep McConnell as the Senate GOP leader.”

Indeed, the the Washington Examiner reported back in July that Hawley is “the preferred recruit of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the NRSC.”

“Does Hawley intend to follow through on his pledge to Bannon to vote against Mitch McConnell, the guy who got him into the race and has been working overtime to secure the Republican nomination for Hawley? Or was Hawley simply saying whatever he needed to stop Steve Bannon from going up against him? Missourians deserve to know where Hawley really stands.”

Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Meira Bernstein