St. Louis lawyer who waved rifle at protesters running for Senate in Missouri
Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis attorney known last year for brandishing a rifle against Black Lives Matter protesters outside his home, announced his candidacy for the Missouri Senate on Tuesday.
McCloskey, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program.
“I’ve always been a Republican, but I’ve never been a politician,” McCloskey told Carlson. “But you know, God knocked on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob and really woke me up.”
McCloskey said he was inspired to run for office while campaigning for former President Donald Trump.
“We just hear talk and nothing ever changes,” he said. “You have to send people to DC who are willing to tell the truth and fight for our values.”
An angry mob marched to destroy my home and kill my family. I took a stand to defend them.
I am a proven fighter against the mob
If the mob comes to destroy our home, our state, our nation, I will defend it
I will never go back down
Help me fight back ➡️ https://t.co/8N8o1yxN6C pic.twitter.com/jR8ieWdkCc
– Mark McCloskey (@Mark__McCloskey) May 19, 2021
McCloskey joins a GOP peloton that includes Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens, the former governor who was evicted in 2018 on charges of campaign funding violations and sexual misconduct. The fees in both cases have been dropped.
Republican Senator Roy Blunt announced in March that he would not seek another term next year, which could spark a potentially intense battle for the vacancy.
Greitens, who also declared his candidacy on Fox News, has made efforts to join Trump’s supporters. He has won Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Trump election worker who is Donald Trump Jr.’s partner, as national campaign chairwoman. He’s also a frequent guest on a daily podcast hosted by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
McCloskey and his wife Patricia made national headlines in June when they waved guns at people in their neighborhood who were peacefully protesting the brutality of the police and the mayor of the city following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Their actions made them heroes in some GOP circles and earned them a place to speak at Trump’s Republican National Convention. She later pleaded not guilty to two crimes. Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, has said he would apologize to the couple if they are convicted.
Missouri Democrats have struggled in the recent statewide election, but they see an opportunity in next year’s Senate election, especially when Republicans nominate the baggage-laden Greitens.