Challenger Hawley launches campaign with hypocritical $50,000-a-plate fundraiser
The campaign to denigrate one of the most worker-oriented, America-oriented U.S. senators – Missouri’s Claire McCaskill – was launched recently with a three-city tour by political opportunist, Missouri freshman Attorney General Josh Hawley, seeking to unseat her.
True to form, the hypocrisy of Hawley’s campaign immediately came to the forefront: his first statement critical of Senator McCaskill called out the “Washington elite” even as he walked into a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser sponsored by the same “elite” insiders he was maligning.
Following in the footsteps of his political idol, disgraced Governor Eric Greitens, Hawley is fond of saying one thing in public, but doing the exact opposite in private.
True to her bipartisan leadership style, McCaskill, a former prosecutor, didn’t directly call out Hawley’s misinformation efforts, but rather reminded Missouri voters that she has been doing the job in Washington they sent her there to do: fighting for Missouri needs and American values.
RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
In a statement released after Hawley’s campaign launch, McCaskill pointed out her strong record of accomplishment, due in no small part, to her willingness to work with President Trump when it was warranted as good policy for America and Missouri.
In just the past year, McCaskill has sponsored or co-sponsored 23 bills the president signed.
“These 23 bills are proof that no matter who is in the White House, or who controls Congress, Claire will always find a way to make progress for Missourians,” McCaskill for Missouri Communications Director Meira Bernstein said.
“Claire’s number one priority is to fight for the people of Missouri. Period. And she is constantly working to find new ways to get things done.”
HAWLEY FAILS TEST
Hawley, meanwhile in his first real test of fortitude and political independence, failed to fully investigate Gov. Greitens’ and his staff’s use of Confide, a secret messaging app that automatically destroys messages after the recipient has read them, leading to concerns about circumventing the state’s Sunshine Law and conducting government business without leaving a paper trail.
Hawley’s investigation consisted of interviewing eight members of Greitens’ staff – but not the governor himself. Three staff members said they never used the app. Five others admitted to using the app but said their use of it applied only to “non-substantive matters such as logistics and scheduling.”
The report from Hawley’s office said their “accounts appear credible.”
Case closed. End of story.
So much for representing the people of Missouri.
McCaskill’s legislative record
In the past year, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has sponsored or co-sponsored 23 bills signed by President Donald Trump, covering a gamut of issues large and small for Missouri and America. They have included:
• Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, to protect Missouri’s agriculture by addressing the threat of Agro-Terrorism (H.R.1238).
• Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017, to support and strengthen telephone service in rural Missouri (S.96).
• U.S. Fire Administration, AFG, and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, to support Missouri fire fighters and ensure they have what they need to protect Missourians and save lives (H.R.4661).
• National Defense Authorization Act of FY18, to provide new resources for Missouri’s military installations, as well as the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, childcare services for the National Guard, and resources for new F/A-18 Super Hornets for the U.S. Navy (H.R.2810).
• A bill to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes (S.810).
• Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (S.1438)
• Connected Government Act, requiring that federal websites are mobile-friendly so Missourians can access information no matter where they are (H.R.2331).
• FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, to reduce the cost of prescription drugs by increasing competition and to allow hearing aids to be sold over the counter (H.R.2430).
• DHS Blue Campaign Authorization Act, to strengthen DHS’ ability to address human trafficking (H.R.4708).
• Opioid trafficking – INTERDICT Act, to help stop the flow of the synthetic opioid fentanyl into our country (H.R.2142).
• Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, to provide a fix for miners’ healthcare (H.R.244).
• The GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017, to strengthen the GAO’s ability to audit the federal government and to conduct oversight to ensure that tax dollars are being well spent (H.R.72).
• Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, to strengthen our national security and address the threats posed by Iran, Russia, and North Korea (H.R.3364).
• Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act, to protect children from abuse and strengthen reporting requirements for those who may suspect abuse (S.534).
• Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, to provide disaster assistance to houses of worship (H.R.1892.
• Follow the Rules Act, to strengthen whistleblower protections (H.R.657).
• Whistleblower protection – A bill to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a quorum, to strengthen whistleblower protections (S.1083).
• FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017, to streamline the federal government’s IT systems and make government more efficient for taxpayers (H.R.3243).
• Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, including the Arla Harrell Act (H.R.3218).
• Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act (S.1616)
• Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act of 2017 (S.1617).
• A joint resolution condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, VA (S.J.Res.49).
• The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R.2519).