US St. Louis man who waved gun at protesters may vie for Senate
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Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who gained national attention after he and his wife waved guns at racial injustice protesters who marched near their home last summer, is apparently on the verge of a 2022 U.S. Senate run.
McCloskey posted on Twitter that a “huge announcement” will be made Tuesday night on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program. McCloskey's spokesman, Billy Grant, declined to say if McCloskey planned a Senate run but said an announcement would be made Tuesday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Now that a judge has rejected the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy bid, blocking its plan to reincorporate in Texas, the gun rights group is back to fighting New York regulators in a lawsuit that threatens to put it out of business. Harlin Hale, a federal bankruptcy judge in Dallas, dismissed the NRA's case on Tuesday. He ruled that the organization's leadership sought Chapter 11 protection in bad faith — without informing most of its 76-member board — and did so to gain an “unfair advantage” in its fight with New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Meanwhile, the Federal Election Commission's website shows “Mark McCloskey for Missouri” was registered Tuesday, and a website, mccloskeyforsenate.com, was seeking campaign donations. McCloskey previously said he was considering a Senate bid.
announced in March he would not seek a third term. GOP contenders already include former Gov. Eric Greitens, who amid a sex scandal in 2018, and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey became celebrities in conservative circles — and were vilified among Democrats — after theoutside their lavish home in St. Louis' Central West End.
Demonstrators were marching to the home of then-Mayor Lyda Krewson amid nationwide protests after police killedin Minneapolis. The protesters ventured onto a private street that includes the McCloskey mansion. The couple, both of them attorneys in their early 60s, said they felt threatened after protesters broke down an iron gate and ignored a “No Trespassing” sign. Protest leaders denied damaging the gate and said the march was peaceful.
Second Amendment sanctuaries facing 1st court test in Oregon
The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment sanctuary. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, firearms are displayed at a gun shop in Salem, Ore. The first legal test of whether a wave of U.S. counties can legally declare themselves "Second Amendment Sanctuaries," and refuse to enforce certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon logging county.
Mark McCloskey came out of his home with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia McCloskey emerged with a semiautomatic handgun. Cellphone video captured the confrontation.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat,with unlawful use of a weapon. A grand jury in October indicted them on the same charge and added an evidence tampering charge. The indictment states that a semiautomatic pistol was altered in a way that “obstructed the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey” on the weapons charge.
The couple contended the charges were politically motivated. They spoke via video at last year's Republican National Convention. Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has said he will pardon the McCloskeys if they are convicted.
Their case is due to go to trial in November, but Gardner's office won't be prosecuting it. A judge sent the case to abecause Gardner made reference to the case in fundraising emails during her successful bid for reelection in 2020.
The GOP Welcomes the McCloskeys’ Sick, Sad American Dream .
America is an amazing, generous and inspiring country where even if you have nothing but white skin, rage, fake victimhood, and criminal charges, you too can have a chance to rise up and try to become a Republican senator! That’s Mark McCloskey’s American dream. He’s betting that his illegal use of a firearm to menace peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters can capture the hearts of Republican voters and win him a Senate seat in Missouri. You’llYou’ll remember Mark and his wife Patricia as the personal injury attorneys who brandished guns from the safety of their mansion’s manicured front lawn in a privileged, gated St. Louis suburb.