WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Distancing himself from a major campaign donor, Attorney General Josh Hawley backed out abruptly from attending Saturday’s Lincoln Day events in Springfield and Joplin.
Lt. Col. Tony Monetti, 53, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate whose name is first on the Aug. 7 primary ballot, plans to attend both Lincoln Day events during another whirlwind tour of Republican gatherings in cities and counties across the state. Monetti has attended more than a dozen Lincoln Day events.
Hawley told The Kansas City Star that attending events with Gov. Eric Greitens would be inappropriate.
Said to have made $49,000 in in-kind contributions to Hawley, Greitens is expected at both events.
After giving money to Hawley, Greitens came under fire. An allegation of sexual misconduct against Greitens prompted the ongoing legal investigation in St. Louis; Hawley declined to pursue an allegation that Greitens violated Missouri’s Open Records Law; and Hawley is said to have taken nearly a year to investigate Greitens’ alleged use of veteran charity resources in the 2016 governor election.
The Star reported Hawley now is talking tough about the charity investigation. Hawley said he is willing to go to court if Greitens uses “executive privilege” to avoid questions.
The decision not to attend the Springfield and Joplin events also follows attack ads by Sen. Claire McCaskill, the leading Democrat in the senatorial election. She blasts Hawley for taking money from Greitens, and for not pursuing fully the Open Records violation allegation.”
Personally, I think Attorney General Hawley has created multiple issues by not stepping down as AG before launching his U.S. Senate Campaign:
1. It appears as if he is hedging his bets by hanging on to his AG position while campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill;
2. It creates an appearance of conflict of interest or political decision-making influencing investigations into alleged misconduct by Governor Eric Greitens;
3. It opens up Hawley to charges of making political decisions in his investigations of the Missouri Governor. If he decides not to pursue an issue or finds that nothing wrong has been done, then Democrats can accuse him of making the decision based on political considerations. If Attorney General Hawley decides to investigate a new issue, review a previously decided issue, or finds wrongdoing on the part of Greitens, then Hawley may be accused of pursuing charges to score political points and increase his chances of getting elected. None of these things may be true, but perceptions can be powerful and influence how people view AG Hawley;
4. Any action Hawley takes is likely to displease some political constituency he needs to succeed later. For example, if his investigations conclude the Governor has done nothing wrong, then that could be unpopular with independent voters who may view his investigations as being influenced by politics. If AG Hawley investigations suggest that Governor Greitens has done something wrong, then anti-Establishment Trump voters may view this as an Establishment effort to force out of office an outsider from state government;
5. An overarching question in all of this is, didn’t Josh Hawley anticipate these difficulties in the first place? If he did not, then this may call into question his judgement. If he couldn’t anticipate the difficulties posed by simultaneously holding the AG job, investigating Governor Greitens, and running a full-blown U.S. Senate campaign, what other things might Hawley misjudge;
6. Along the same lines – can Josh Hawley properly oversee the office of Attorney General, fulfill his duties as an elected official, and also manage a U.S. Senate Campaign. Will the stress and time pressure cause him to drop the ball on one or both of his tasks – being AG and running for the U.S. Senate?
7. Is it fair to the voters of the state of Missouri for Hawley to leave the Attorney General job he was elected and promised to fulfill for a new position, especially when there are so many critical things going on in that job right now?
8. Would it be better for Josh Hawley to gain more experience in his current job as Missouri Attorney General now, and then later he could run for Governor, the Senate or another position if he decides to? Would more seasoning and experience make him a better leader and candidate in the future?
All of the above are potential concerns with the candidacy of Missouri Attorney General and U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Hawley. All things considered, I prefer Tony Monetti as our next U.S. Senator for Missouri.
Tony Monetti is an Air Force #Veteran B-2 Stealth Bomber Pilot, Christian Author, successful Businessman, had a successful career in Academia and is an excellent Leader and Speaker. In the military he had a very high security clearance and understand issues related to the military and national security quite well.
Monetti’s experience in business is also important. He knows what it is like to make a payroll and understands the burden that excess regulations can put on a business.
Tony’s deep Christian beliefs provide a framework for knowing what is right. He is Pro-Life and believes in protecting the unborn. He is a man of honesty and integrity and we need more leaders with those qualities at the national level of leadership today.
On top of all of these other qualities, Tony Monetti is also an excellent communicator. In an age where it really is a requirement to be able to communicate in writing, social media, television and more, he has proven his ability to communicate effectively with whatever audience he encounters. For all of these reasons and more I give my highest endorsement and recommendation to Tony Monetti and encourage all Missouri Republicans to vote for him as our next U.S. Senator in the August 7th Primary and then vote for him in the general election in November.