COLUMBIA, Mo. — When Josh Hawley ran for Attorney General, he campaigned on a signature pledge not to be another ladder climbing politician. In fact, two years ago, Hawley told St. Louis Public Radio that, “One of the things that irks me is folks who, they’re not really interested in the job they’re running for, they’re interested in 2 or 3 things down the line. And then they get elected and they spend all of their time trying to get elected to something else and doing something else.”
Talk about saying one thing and doing another. Less than a year into his term as AG, Hawley announced he was breaking his promise to Missourians and running for Senate.
Meanwhile, Hawley has shown anything but interest in his current job:
- Hawley continues to refuse to use his authority to seek answers about the dark money donors behind former governor Eric Greitens’ nonprofit organization, leaving a private attorney to pursue the case instead.
- Hawley frequently touts his role in the raids of several Greene County massage parlors that were allegedly part of a widespread human trafficking and prostitution ring, yet “little or nothing had happened in the investigation” and there have been no felony charges filed in the case.
- Months after Hawley conducted a sham investigation and cleared Greitens of wrongdoing in his use of a text-message deleting app Confide, a private attorney has been able to find more evidence about the former governor’s potential destruction of government records.
- Hawley’s office’s failure to do basic functions like produce documents got so bad that he was fined and told to “do his job.”
- Instead of doing his job, Hawley has been repeatedly spotted at the gym and buying wine during work hours.
“Josh Hawley broke the very first promise he made to Missourians, and now he’s trying to mislead voters about what kind of Senator he would be. Missourians aren’t going to fall for it because Hawley has shown exactly who he is: another ladder-climbing politician who cares more about himself and his donors than he does about Missourians.”
Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren