Mark McCloskey, the owner of the St. Louis house who catapulted into the national headlines last summer after a video appeared on social media showing him and his wife, Patricia, pointing guns at protesters, shows up as a Republican in the U.S. Senate in Missouri, he announced Tuesday.
“I’ve always been a Republican, but I’ve never been a politician,” Tucker Carlson Tonight told Fox on Tuesday. “But you know, God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as angry mob and really woke me up.”
McCloskey is running for the Senate, currently held by Republican Roy Blunt, who announced in March that he will not seek re-election next year.
A campaign website soliciting donations for an offer to the Senate by McCloskey was launched Tuesday.
The McCloskeys drew national attention in late June after they were seen in a video brandishing guns outside their mansion at protesters walking down a private street to the home of the mayor of St. Louis. Louis.
In videos posted on social media, Mark McCloskey is seen with a long rifle and Patricia McCloskey with a gun as protesters – protesting Mayor Lyda Krewson’s decision to post the names and addresses of people in favor of police reform — they were leaving their homes.
Portland Place, the private street where the McCloskeys live, is close to Krewson’s home. Mark McCloskey told CNN in July that he had “an imminent fear that (protesters) would run over me and kill me.”
The couple pleaded not guilty in October to charges of handling weapons and evidence.
The McCloskeys have achieved conservative fame since last summer. In August, the couple spoke at the Republican National Convention, where they falsely accused Democrats of wanting to “abolish” suburbs. Since then, the couple has been contacted by Trump “semi-frequently,” his lawyer said in October, then-affiliated CNN affiliate KMOV.
McCloskey faces a crowded field in his run for the U.S. Senate, which CNN has ranked as one of the Senate seats most likely to invest in 2022.
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his campaign in the Senate in March, trying to return three years after resigning following an investigation into allegations of sexual and campaign misconduct. He announced in April that Kimberly Guilfoyle, head of former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, would hold the national presidency of his Senate candidacy. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is also running in the Republican primary.
On the Democratic side, state Sen. Scott Sifton and veteran Marine Lucas Kunce are running. Several bigger names have passed, such as former Senator Claire McCaskill and 2016 candidate Jason Kander, who lost to Blunt by just 3 points.