GOP Golden Boy Josh Hawley Mails It In

“When the statewide narrative around your candidacy is that you’ve wasted months blowing off Republican leaders and squandering your shot, it might be time to pack it in,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Josh Hawley’s lackadaisical, arrogant campaign is embarrassing Missouri Republicans. Hawley can recruit all the Mike Pences in the world to host fundraisers for him — but his reputation as an entitled candidate who spends his workdays at the gym will be a tough one to shake.”

Politico: GOP golden boy mails it in
By Alex Isenstadt | May 15, 2018

“As the campaign season kicks into high gear, many Republicans worry” that Josh Hawley “is squandering his shot.”
Conservative St. Louis radio show host Mark Reardon said, “‘I am personally baffled and disappointed that the guy I’ve had on my show numerous times over the last four years and have been supportive of has been MIA…I’m pissed. I’m frustrated.’”
“In interviews with more […]

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Josh Hawley Just Can’t Escape Greitens’s Scandals

“Yet again, Josh Hawley is getting dragged into the legal storm surrounding Governor Eric Greitens’s unethical and immoral behavior. Because Hawley was so focused on campaigning for a political promotion, he whitewashed his investigation into the Greitens Administration’s attempts to hide public business from the people of Missouri — and now his chickens are coming home to roost,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hawley’s office subpoenaed for Greitens Confide investigation records

By Jack Suntrup | May 8, 2018

“A St. Louis County attorney wants reams of documents from Attorney General Josh Hawley related to one of Hawley’s probes of Gov. Eric Greitens, a fellow Republican.”
“Hawley launched an investigation in December of Greitens’ office to see if Greitens or his staffers violated the state’s records retention laws by using Confide, a smartphone app which deletes text messages after they have been read by their recipient.”
“Hawley cleared Greitens, saying he […]

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Senate Brief: GOP Primary Candidates Are Taking Off The Gloves Ahead of May’s Primaries

Week of Monday, April 30

IN BRIEF:  As the first GOP Senate primaries and conventions approach, Republican candidates are taking off the gloves and irreparably damaging their opponents.

In West Virginia, Republican candidates are tearing each other down, with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey attacking Rep. Evan Jenkins for switching parties, while Jenkins is hammering Morrisey as a New Jersey carpetbagger.

But don’t forget: before this primary, Morrisey, Jenkins, and disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship were thick as thieves, supporting one another’s causes.

In Wisconsin, a debate between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir “turned caustic” as Vukmir questioned Nicholson’s conservative credentials and demanded an apology from Nicholson for his attacks against her. “We know more about Kevin’s track record as a Democrat than we do about his track record as a Republican,” Vukmir said.

This debate was hosted by American for Prosperity, so was supposed to be a risk-free zone for the candidates: […]

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American Bridge Files Sunshine Law Request For All Correspondence Between Josh Hawley’s Campaign and A.G. Office

Today, American Bridge filed a request under Missouri’s Sunshine Law (Sec. 610.011.1, RSMo Supp. 2006) requesting copies of all incoming and outgoing correspondence between Josh Hawley’s U.S. Senate campaign and the Office of Missouri Attorney General.

Today, National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar reported that Josh Hawley’s campaign “said that it was planning to release fundraising numbers last Wednesday, but got distracted by breaking Greitens news.” And Jake Sherman of Politico added, “the campaign should have absolutely no involvement with the Greitens issue.”

This represents a startling on-the-record admission from Josh Hawley’s political campaign that it was involved in Hawley’s law enforcement actions against Gov. Eric Greitens.

“Why is Josh Hawley’s political campaign involved in law enforcement decisions at the highest levels of Missouri government?” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Hawley took $50,000 in campaign contributions from Gov. Greitens in 2016, and now Hawley’s next campaign is involved in Hawley’s decisions regarding the Attorney General’s office. Hawley needs to come clean […]

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QUICK CLIP: Local News Slams Josh Hawley’s Faux Investigation Into Greitens

Josh Hawley is continuing to do the least possible in his investigation into Eric Greitens, covering up for the Governor in order to protect his own partisan political ambition.  He didn’t even interview  Gov. Greitens because of an “executive privilege” that literally does not even exist under Missouri Law. Now, negative news stories on Missouri TV are showing that if Hawley thinks he can refuse to do his job and have Missourians vote him into higher office, he is sadly mistaken

Watch the full clip here.

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After Disastrous Week, Hawley Runs Away From GOP Convention

“It’s impossible to overstate how disastrous last week was for Josh Hawley — who Mitch McConnell has extolled as his ‘top recruit.’ In five days, Hawley’s campaign chaotically careened from poor fundraising numbers, to his condemnation of birth control, to revelations that concerned Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Ann Wagner to the race,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. 


Kansas City Star: Ann Wagner’s “potential entry to the race could severely complicate Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s path to the nomination”

By Brian Lowery | 3/3/18

“U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner had a palpable presence at the Missouri Republican Party’s convention in Kansas City this weekend without ever setting foot inside the hotel.
“Hawley had…disappeared from the convention by Saturday afternoon.”
Hawley “canceled his scheduled appearance at a panel of statewide elected officials that afternoon and left for Columbia without plans to return for that evening’s dinner and keynote address.”
“He was the only state-level Republican officer absent from the afternoon panel.”
“Austin Petersen, a Kansas City Republican also seeking […]

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Then and Now: Hypocrite Hawley Says He Supports Birth Control After Repeatedly Bragging About his Role in Anti Birth Control Case

On the campaign trail, Josh Hawley has been known to brag and inflate his role arguing on behalf of Hobby Lobby in the well-known Supreme Court case that restricted women’s access to birth control. He even got his right-wing friends to exaggerate the work he did to allow bosses to control whether their female employees could get birth control. Yesterday, though, he tried to get himself out of the hot water he was in for blaming sex trafficking on the sexual revolution, by claiming to be a proponent of access to birth control.

THEN: “Josh Hawley, college professor and Republican candidate for attorney general, has been touring the state for well over a year speaking at Republican events and touting his accomplishments arguing last year’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling” (Missouri Times, 9/29/15)

NOW: “Get real. I’m for contraception & women working.” (Josh Hawley Campaign Twitter, […]

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Josh Hawley Blames Sex Trafficking on Women

At a recent closed-door meeting Missouri Senate GOP hopeful Josh Hawley said that American “culture” and modern beliefs about contraception have led to sex trafficking. “The sexual revolution has led to exploitation of women,” Hawley said.

Hawley is blaming victims for sex trafficking.

Let’s be clear: linking the horrible crime of sex trafficking with “a cultural shift in the 1960s and 1970s that eliminated the social stigma for premarital sex and contraception” is a thinly disguised attempt to blame women for crimes committed upon women.

Just as disturbing, Josh Hawley is unaware that violence against women is an age-old problem, and apparently thinks it was invented in the 1960s.

Inflammatory, ignorant remarks like these will remind Missouri voters of Congressman Todd Akin, who in 2012 insultingly claimed women were biologically immune to pregnancy resulting from rape as justification for a near-total ban on a woman’s right to chose.

“Let’s not mince words: Josh Hawley is […]

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Republican Senate Recruitment Takes Another Blow in Missouri  

Potential Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Missouri are dropping like flies. Following Ann Wagner’s bombshell snub of the NRSC, now Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler announced today that she would not be running for Senate.

Hartzler’s announcement adds humiliation to the NRSC’s failure to recruit a seasoned candidate in Missouri:

After Wagner’s announcement she would not run, the GOP turned to Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who began receiving phone calls, “with some deep-pocketed donors and GOP strategists asking the Harrisonville Republican if she’s planning to run for the U.S. Senate.”

Hartzler was seen as “an attractive candidate for the GOP because she outpolled Trump in her district and originally won the seat in 2010 by defeating veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton.”

Top Republicans like the chairwoman of the Republican Fourth District Committee, Carla Young,  Read more after the jump.

Over 470,000 Missourians Could Lose Healthcare With #Trumpcare

“GOP leaders delayed the vote on Trumpcare today because they’re already feeling the backlash from their constituents. But it will only get worse,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

“Trumpcare would decimate health care across the country, kicking millions off their insurance and raising costs for millions more. In Missouri, the Senate Republican bill would kick over 300,000 people off of Medicaid and strip over 170,000 of their private insurance. No family in America should have to choose between essential health care and bankruptcy, but if this bill becomes law, tens of thousands of Missouri families might. Missourians deserve better.”

CAP: Coverage Losses by State for the Senate Health Care Repeal Bill
By Emily Gee | June 27, 2017

The Center for American Progress has estimated how many Americans would lose coverage by state and congressional district based on the CBO’s projections. By 2026, on average, about 50,500 fewer people will have […]

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