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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