Austin Petersen Gains Primary Opponent, MO AG Announces Run

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Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday that he would be running for United States Senate in 2018 against Claire McCaskill. Hawley stated that “It’s time to do something new. America is an exceptional place, and it’s still a young country. Its future is worth fighting for. So let’s get ready and do our part.”

With this announcement, Austin Petersen will face three opponents in the Republican primary. The former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate stated in his response to the announcement that “Josh Hawley is playing politics. He’s telling Mitch McConnell and Republicans in Washington that he’ll be a rubber stamp for their establishment agenda, while at the same time pledging loyalty to Steve Bannon and Breitbart’s takeover of the party.”

This would certainly seem to be the case, as the St. Louis Post Dispatch described Hawley as being “coaxed to run by leading Republicans, including former Sen. John Danforth” and Vice-President Mike Pence personally called the MO Attorney General to urge his consideration for the 2018 race.

Most notable for claiming to not be another ladder climbing politician and a political outsider in his campaign for Attorney General, Hawley has proven with this announcement that he is just another politician and that he is unwilling to keep his promises to Missouri’s residents.

Donate to Austin Petersen’s campaign here and help Missouri voters break the cycle of establishment Republicans keeping business as usual.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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