This 4th of July was an important one, both for Austin Petersen and the rest of Missouri. Petersen announced that he was running for the Senate, and running as a Republican.
For Austin, running for office is not a new thought of his. In 2016 he ran for president and got 2nd at the Libertarian party convention. When he considered the run for Senate, he explained how his party might change, but his ideals won’t. “98% of people told me to run as a Republican… Many of them were registered libertarians, many were registered Republicans, some were progressive Democrats… but they all support me for different reasons” Petersen added that he has so far raised about 70,000 dollars, just a start to a long campaign against the Republican establishment.
Petersen has many obstacles to overcome if he thinks he can win. First, he must hold off other GOP hopefuls. At this point, only one other person is running for the Republicans besides Petersen. That is Tony Monetti, an assistant dean of aviation at the University of Central Missouri Aviation Department, he announced in April, but it is unknown how much support he is drawing. The biggest threat Petersen must face is the Incumbent Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has been serving since 2006 in the Senate. She is known to be relatively moderate, but there are actions she has done that has divided the country. The most controversial, being when she falsely accused Jeff Sessions of stepping out of line when he met with Russian Officials as a senator.
“A good prosecutor would have known these facts were relevant to the questions asked,” McCaskill said in response to Jeff sessions saying he wasn’t talking to the Russian’s illegally . “It’s clear Attorney General Sessions misled the Senate — the question is, why? I’ve been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 10 years, and in that time, have had no call from, or meeting with, the Russian ambassador. Ever. That’s because ambassadors call members of Foreign Relations Committee,” McCaskill added. “Attorney General Sessions should resign.”
Charles C. W. Cooke, Editor for the national review, immediately fired back and tweeted out when Senator McCaskill did meet with a Russian ambassador. McCaskill defended herself and said, “it wasn’t one-on-one.”
Claire McCaskill says she’s had “no call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever.” But she tweeted about two. It’s easy to forget.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) March 2, 2017