Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley has repeatedly declined to say whether he would support Mitch McConnell for Senate leader if elected in November. On the campaign trail, Hawley has also been trying hard to distance himself from his elite background and ignoring his supporters. Nevertheless, after two quarters of embarrassing fundraising, Hawley is today headed to Washington, D.C. for a set of high-dollar fundraisers with Republican elites.
This evening, Hawley will attend a fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee hosted by McConnell, Majority Whip John Cornyn, Republican conference chairman Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, NRSC chairman Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. Blunt will host a private dinner for Hawley afterwards.
Hawley also attended an out-of-state fundraiser with Vice President Pence last week. This is not the first time Hawley has fled Missouri to escape criticism of his campaign. Under fire for poor fundraising numbers and ill-informed comments about sex trafficking in February, Hawley sought refuge in a series of midweek high-dollar Florida fundraisers.
It is not clear how this fundraising stint will help Hawley at home less than a week after scathing comments from Missouri Republican leaders rocked his campaign. Local GOP leaders have said they feel like Hawley “doesn’t care” about them and is “arrogant.”