Several prominent Republicans signed an open letter urging newly-elected Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for United States Senate in 2018 — an apparent slight to U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, the establishment Republican who was slow to get fully behind President Donald Trump’s campaign last year.
“This letter is to urge you to become a candidate for the United States Senate in 2018,” states a public letter to Hawley, dated Monday and signed by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and other prominent Missouri Republicans. “[W]e are convinced you would be the strongest candidate for Missouri’s Senate seat.”
The writers of the letter fear “hyper-partisanship” in the Senate on the part of Democrats looking to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda, and they believe Hawley could undo some of the damage they believe is happening to the legislative process.
That Senate seat is currently held by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, who the letter claims has been “pressed hard by the left wing of her party” to contribute to the “dysfunction” of the Senate in opposing Trump “at every turn.”
In a statement issued Monday, Hawley said: “I am working very hard at the job people elected me to do. It is far too early to be thinking about any future election with so much pressing work to do.”