Former Missouri Senator Raises Concerns About Hawley

A former state party chairman said he doubted Wagner would run.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 6, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

Former Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond (R) expressed concerns over state Attorney General Josh Hawley’s (R) campaign to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Bond: “If Hawley doesn’t gear it up and get with it, he’ll not beat her. I think a lot of people who want to see Hawley elected [are] wishing he’d get to work, doing fundraising and getting out and campaigning actively.”

“Bond said he spoke with” Rep. Ann Wagner (R-02) “on Monday, and she was focused on her House re-election campaign.”

Asked if he would like to see Wagner run if Hawley doesn't change course, Bond said: “Somebody’s got to get in there and win it.” (USA Today)

Meanwhile, former “Missouri GOP chairman John Hancock said Wagner had told him she’d been asked to reconsider, but he doubted she would launch a primary challenge against Hawley.”

On the money front, “Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt is leading” a “pro-Hawley super PAC, Missouri Rising Action. The group did not raise any funds in 2017, according to campaign finance documents.” (Roll Call)


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