Mark McCloskey has officially joined politics and filed his papers to run for the open Seate seat in the critical state of Missouri. “Mark has never before run for political office, but he has now answered the call of public duty and is running for the United States Senate from Missouri to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Roy Blunt,” his website says.
“Mark is a Conservative outsider who will bring backbone and guts to the US Senate to continue fighting for President Trump’s agenda,” the website says.
Alex Isenstadt reported the announcement was imminent earlier. He wrote, “Update – per people familiar – Mark McCloskey is poised to enter the Missouri Senate race as early as this week. Some of the senior Rs trying to stop Eric Greitens think McCloskey’s entry will help their cause because he could appeal to the same group of conservative voters as Greitens.”
Greitens has had a few scandals in the past so some think he is a risky candidate who could implode and hand the Dems a shocking Senate win.
McCloskey got a coveted speaking slot at the last Republican National Convention and he has his own money which makes him dangerous.
His filing states:
MARK MCCLOSKEY FOR MISSOURI
XXXX LACLEDE AVE
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108
FEC Committee ID #: C00779967 This committee is a Principal Campaign Committee. Candidate: MARK T. MCCLOSKEY
Party: Republican Party
Office Sought: Senate
State is Missouri in District: 00
McCloskey, a wealthy personal-injury lawyer, said that he had no timeline for making a decision about whether to enter the race for the seat from which Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is retiring. This past weekend, McCloskey spoke at a Jackson County GOP dinner, which also drew former Gov. Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, both of whom have announced their candidacies.
In June 2020, McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, waved guns at protesters who were marching past their mansion on the way to the home of then-St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. Images of the barefoot couple defending their home — which took place amid a summer of social unrest following the killing of George Floyd — almost immediately went viral. They were later indicted on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering.
The couple became a cause célèbre for conservatives and won the support of then-President Donald Trump, who used the incident to advance a central theme of his reelection campaign — that far-left activists were overrunning upscale communities. Trump retweeted video footage of the incident and defended the couple in a televised interview, saying it was “disgraceful” they were facing legal action.
From Courthouse News:
Mark McCloskey, 63, and Patricia McCloskey, 61, made national headlines and became folk heroes in GOP circles after waving the rifle and a handgun at hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters passing by their St. Louis home on June 28, 2020.
They were each indicted by a St. Louis grand jury for unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and tampering with a weapon, a misdemeanor.