Missouri Rising, the state-based spinoff of the Republican opposition research outfit America Rising, is launching a super PAC encouraging Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
The super PAC, dubbed Missouri Rising Action, will back Hawley with television, digital and radio ads against McCaskill, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the country. Hawley has formed an exploratory committee but has not officially entered the Senate race.
"We believe that Josh Hawley is that rare once-in-a-generation candidate, which is why so many Missourians are urging him to run for the United States Senate," former Missouri state Sen. Jane Cunningham, a board member of Missouri Rising Action, said in a statement. "Unlike career politician Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley is a Constitutionalist with the education, experience, keen intellect and humility to help lead America back to the values Missourians hold dear."
The group’s board will also include former Missouri GOP treasurer Dick Peerson and yet-to-be-announced members.
Missouri Rising launched last election cycle, and regularly attacked Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster and Senate candidate Jason Kander. That group, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, will split messaging and mobilization duties in the 2018 Senate contest with Missouri Rising Action.