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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GOP Senate Primaries Are Getting Nasty and Crowded

Two stories out this morning expose how weak Republican Senate candidate recruitment efforts are this cycle. Expensive, damaging primaries are starting to look inevitable as top-tier politicians stay on the sidelines and second-string candidates crowd the field.

Roll Call reports that devastating primary fights may be ahead in three must-win states for Senate Republicans as state attorneys general are weighing Senate bids.

In West Virginia, “the sparring is out in the open” with Rep. Evan Jenkins and A.G. Patrick Morrisey attacking each other almost daily.
In Missouri, “Some Republicans in Missouri are pushing Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate” against GOP Rep. Ann Wagner, amid hand-wringing that Wagner’s long career as a D.C. insider may be a serious liability.
And in Indiana, Attorney General Curtis Hill is considering joining the nasty fray between Rep. Todd Rokita and Rep. Luke Messer. Hill, “who’s been peppering his Lincoln Day Dinner speeches with […]

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Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?


(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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American Bridge Targets GOP Senate Hopefuls With Google Search Ads on Trump and Russia

Following Trump’s Leak To Russians, Ads Will Pressure Republicans To Support An Independent Investigation

Republican members of Congress considering a run for Senate are hiding from voters and the press, refusing to confront Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of classified information to Russian officials and his reckless firing of FBI Director James Comey. This week, American Bridge will be helping out their constituents with search ads on Google explaining how they can hold their Member of Congress accountable.

The ads will appear on Google when users search for information about Trump’s leak to the Russians and the firing of James Comey. The ads will direct voters to an American Bridge websitethat helps them hold their member of Congress accountable and call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads target Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Lou Barletta, and Rep. Mike […]

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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

Politico:  Read more after the jump.