Josh Hawley running for U.S. Senate
ST. LOUIS - Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley is running for U.S Senate in 2018.
He announced his candidacy in a video released late Monday night.
If Hawley wins the Republican primary, he will be running against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.
The 37-year-old has served as attorney general for less than a year.
"This wasn't something we were planning to do but we believe we have to do all we can to win a better future for our country," he said.
In the 80 second video, Hawley talked about jobs, healthcare, and farmers.
David Kirby, campaign manager for Claire McCaskill, released a statement denouncing Hawley's decision.
"Since taking office in January, Josh Hawley has proven to be the worst type of politician. He broke his promise not to climb the political ladder. He broke his promise to create a Public Corruption Unit to crack down on the pay-to-play culture of Jefferson City. He lied about whether he would live in Jefferson City, as the law requires. And he lied for nearly two months about whether he was running for Senate."
Missouri Democratic Party Communications Director Meira Bernstein also released a statement.
"Two months ago, Josh Hawley filed paperwork to run for United States Senate -- and then lied to Missourians about it while he raised money behind closed doors with millionaires, DC special interests, and Republican leaders in Washington. It's clear who Josh Hawley is running to represent in the United States Senate, and it's not Missouri."