, the attorney who pointed a gun
at Black Lives Matter
protesters alongside his wife last year, filed paperwork to run for a Senate
seat in Missouri
in 2022 on Tuesday.
“When the angry mob came to destroy my house and kill my family, I stood up to them,” McCloskey said in a campaign video aired on Fox News
on Tuesday. “Now I’m asking for the privilege to stand up for all of us.”
Last year, as the country was gripped by a series of racial justice
protests, McCloskey and his wife, Patricia McCloskey, sparked national outrage. On June 28, a group of demonstrators in St. Louis
marched toward the home of the city's then-mayor, eventually walking down McCloskeys' street in front of their $1.1 million home.
The video of the couple armed with firearms and waving them at protesters went viral
, earning the couple scorn from the left and adoration from the right as conservative icons. They later spoke at the Republican National Convention, earning the praise of then-President Donald Trump
(As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out, the couple confronted the protesters while no one was on his property.)
When an angry mob marched to destroy my home and kill my family, I stood up to defend them.I am a proven fighter against the mobWhen the mob comes to destroy our home, our state, our nation— I will defend itI will NEVER BACK DOWNHelp me FIGHT BACK https://t.co/8N8o1yxN6C pic.twitter.com/jR8ieWdkCc— Mark McCloskey (@Mark__
Last October, a grand jury indicted the McCloskeys on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering, claiming they were exercising their Second Amendment right to bear
arms and following a state statute that allows Missourians to use deadly force against intruders.
They are scheduled to appear in court later this year, with a tentative court date of November 1.
“I’ve spent 36 years fighting for my fellow Missourians’ rights, and Missourians want a fighter who will stand up to cancel culture
, the poison of critical race theory, violent mobs and rising crime
, and the spread of socialism,” McCloskey said in a statement.
Gov. Mike Parson
(R) stated last year that if they are convicted, he will “most certainly” pardon
McCloskey, 64, is one of three Republicans
running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt (R), who was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He announced in March that he would not seek reelection the following year.
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned amid sexual misconduct
allegations, has declared his candidacy, as has the state's attorney general, Eric Schmitt.