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EMILY’s List Statement on Totally Unsurprising Announcement That Josh Hawley Will Run for Senate

October 10‚Äč, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement after Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he will compete for the Republican nomination in Missouri's U.S. Senate race. 

"In the months since Josh Hawley began 'exploring' a run he intended to pursue all along, he has broken his promises to Missouri voters and struggled under the weight of scandals and failed policy priorities. Meanwhile, he is desperate for Steve Bannon to see him as 'conservative enough.' This is not the person Missourians need fighting for them – he cannot be trusted.

"Meanwhile, Sen. Claire McCaskill has crisscrossed the state holding town halls, working to lower the cost of hearing aids for seniors, fighting to get WWII veterans exposed to mustard gas the benefits they deserve, and pursuing a bipartisan investigation into the rapidly increasing cost of prescription drugs. There's only one candidate in this race who will do the right thing and work for all Missourians – and that's Claire McCaskill."
 
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