Wooed by GOP heavyweights, Josh Hawley faces dilemma for 2018

A few weeks ago, St. Louis businessman Sam Fox invited Missouri’s newly minted attorney general, Josh Hawley, to the St. Louis Club for what Fox described as “an interview.”

Fox did not support Hawley in his 2016 attorney general’s race, but the politically wired GOP fundraiser came away from that private tête-à-tête wowed by Hawley, a constitutional lawyer turned rising GOP star.

That meeting has now turned into a crusade to recruit Hawley for the U.S. Senate race, where he would face incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. Earlier this week, Fox sent a letter to “thousands” of deep-pocketed GOP donors, asking his Republican contacts to court Hawley and, more notably, urging them not to give money to other prospective candidates until Hawley had made a decision about the 2018 race.

Whether Hawley will run is an open question. He has said he’s focused on his current post and not thinking about running for another office. But he also has not ruled out the possibility of a Senate bid. His campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

If he jumped in the race, Hawley would be taking a big risk, albeit with a potentially big reward.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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