Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Press Secretary David Bergstein issued the following statement on developments in the Missouri Republican primary:
“Establishment politician Josh Hawley, breaking his signature pledge as Attorney General, is now both climbing the political ladder and straddling a barbed-wire political fence. Instead of doing his job as attorney general, he refused to pursue a corruption complaint against a top donor, he failed to create a Public Corruption Unit he campaigned on until questioned by the media, and he still hasn’t explained if he agrees with his mentor Jack Danforth on whether the GOP should disavow Donald Trump. Hawley says he won’t ‘officially’ kickoff the race until next year, but he’ll have a hard time dodging Missourians the same way he dodged the President.”
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hawley says he isn’t focused on possible Senate run; his campaign spending hints otherwise.
Springfield News-Leader: Cast as ‘establishment’ pick, Josh Hawley still faces competition for GOP Senate nomination
St. Joseph News-Press: Hawley would have to “overcome” ladder-climbing career politician attacks in Senate run.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Editorial: “Testing limits of democracy and the law”.