Josh Hawley responds to criticism about his job as attorney general

Published: Oct. 22, 2018 at 4:05 PM CDT
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley campaigned in Springfield Monday.

Hawley finds himself in a tough race against Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill.

The Republican attorney general is facing new criticism from Democrats. In a news release from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,

A series of eye-popping reports detail Josh Hawley’s mismanagement of the Attorney General’s office - with his staff unable to confirm he puts in 40 hours a week at his taxpayer-funded job, evidence his tenure is costing taxpayers, and a trend of pursuing headlines to boost his own personal brand.

From Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein: “Josh Hawley has always been out for himself and what these new reports show is how he’s used his taxpayer-funded office to get ahead - at the expense of Missourians. From leading a lawsuit to eliminate protections for the 2.5 million Missourians with a pre-existing condition to spending millions more on litigation, Hawley’s proven he cannot be trusted to the job Missourians hired him to do.”

Hawley responded to KY3.

"I've had an incredibly productive two years," said Hawley. "And you can say a lot of things about my time as AG, but that I've been anything other than aggressive. "I think I've been the most aggressive AG in the county the last two years, and that's exactly what we need in Washington. Somebody that's going to be aggressive and shake things up."

Missouri voters will decide the race November 6.