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St. Louis lawyer who pointed rifle at BLM protesters running for U.S. Senate

He’s entering a GOP primary field that includes Missouri Attorney General and a former governor of the state

FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. Authorities executed a search warrant Friday evening, July 10, 2020, at the St. Louis mansion owned by the McCloskey's, a white couple whose armed defense of their home during a racial injustice protest last month made national headlines. said. Joel Schwartz, who is now representing the couple, confirmed on Saturday that a search warrant was served, and that the gun Mark McCloskey was seen holding during last month's protest was seized.  (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. Authorities executed a search warrant Friday evening, July 10, 2020, at the St. Louis mansion owned by the McCloskey's, a white couple whose armed defense of their home during a racial injustice protest last month made national headlines. said. Joel Schwartz, who is now representing the couple, confirmed on Saturday that a search warrant was served, and that the gun Mark McCloskey was seen holding during last month's protest was seized. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis lawyer who made national headlines for pointing a rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters last year, announced his run for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

The 64-year-old lawyer, who is a Republican, declared his candidacy during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and said he became interested in Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat while rallying for former president Donald Trump.

“I’ve always been a Republican, but I’ve never been a politician,” McCloskey said in the interview. “But, you know, God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up.”

This announcement comes nearly a year after McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, gained national attention for waving guns at demonstrators who were walking on a private street to the home of St. Louis’ mayor.

The couple was hit with two felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence, charges that they later pleaded not guilty to in October 2020.

McCloskey is entering a GOP primary field that includes Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

In March, incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt announced that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection next year which could make the fight for the open seat a competitive one.


About the Author:

Jazmine Otey joined the 10 News team in February 2021.