Democrat Lucas Kunce
, running for an open Senate seat in Missouri
, released a campaign ad
Wednesday mocking one of his opponents, Republican Mark McCloskey
, who drew national attention last summer when he and his wife pointed guns
at Black Lives Matter
protesters outside their St. Louis
In the video, Kunce cocks a firearm and appears to aim it at something before saying, "You know what? Forget it. I don't have to do this type of thing... Stunts like that, those are for those clowns on the other side, like that'Mansion Man' Mark McCloskey."
Kunce, a former Marine who declared his candidacy in March, then challenges his opponent to apologize to those he "threatened with lethal force," offering McCloskey a "U.S. Marine-led weapons training class" in exchange.
Remember Mansion Man @Mark__McCloskey, who got his 15 minutes of fame by threatening people
with a weapon of war outside his mansion? I'm running against him for Missouri's open U.S. Senate
seat, and I want to teach him a lesson. pic.twitter.com/3UGaoXvD4p — Lucas Kunce (@LucasKunceMO) June 9, 2021
McCloskey and his wife were indicted last year and charged with unlawful use of a weapon after shouting and waving their weapons at racial justice
protesters outside their home in June 2020. They are scheduled to stand trial
later this year.
McCloskey, who spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention and was praised by then-President Donald Trump
, announced his Senate bid last month.
Kunce and McCloskey are among several candidates vying for the seat vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt
(R), who has stated that he will not seek re-election.
Scott Sifton, who served as a state senator in Missouri from 2013 until earlier this year, and Republicans
Eric Greitens, a former Missouri governor
who resigned amid an investigation
into allegations of sexual misconduct
, and Eric Schmitt, the state's attorney general, are also running for Blunt's seat.
Kunce is running as a progressive candidate, refusing to accept corporate PAC money
and advocating for universal health care
legalization, and corporate monopolies to be broken up.