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Hawley’s Campaign Continues to Come Under Fire

Former Sen. Jon Danforth said he believes McCaskill may be spreading rumors.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) “is now facing vague but widespread rumors of buyer’s remorse in the party. One of Hawley’s top supporters, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth of Missouri, hinted Tuesday that he believes those rumors might stem from” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), “who has shown in the past a talent for scrambling the home turf of her enemies. Danforth offered no evidence implicating McCaskill, and her office is strongly denying any role.”

“Danforth didn’t outright allege a McCaskill role in the stories,” but called her a “very shrewd operator.” He said: “Witness her engineering the [Todd] Akin nomination. … She doesn’t miss a trick.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Meanwhile, in “an interview Tuesday,” Rep. Ann Wagner (R-02) “acknowledged she has received numerous calls from people inside and outside the state who asked her to reconsider—‘I answer my cell phone,’ she said—but has been steadfast in her decision to not run.”

Meanwhile, Danforth said the idea of a Wagner bid “seems nuts to me.” (Kansas City Star)

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