Who is Mark McCloskey? St Louis man who pointed gun at BLM protesters to run for US Senate in Missouri
The St Louis attorney who rose to prominence after he pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters last summer joined the US Senate race on Tuesday, May 18. Mark McCloskey, a personal injury attorney, declared his candidacy on Tuesday in the 2022 race for Senator Roy Blunt‘s soon-to-be-vacant seat. McCloskey started a campaign website earlier that day to solicit donations.
He also appeared on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' on FOX News to make the formal announcement. "I've always been a Republican, but I've never been a politician," McCloskey told Carlson. "But, you know, God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up." McCloskey said he was inspired to run for office as he was rallying for former President Donald Trump. "All we hear is talk, and nothing ever changes," he said. "You have to send people to DC who are willing to tell the truth and fight for our values."
An angry mob marched to destroy my home and kill my family, I took a stand to defend them.— Mark McCloskey (@Mark__McCloskey) May 19, 2021
I am a proven fighter against the mob
When the mob comes to destroy our home, our state, our nation— I’ll defend it
I will NEVER BACK DOWN
Help me FIGHT BACK ➡️ https://t.co/8N8o1yxN6C pic.twitter.com/jR8ieWdkCc
In June 2020, McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, drew international attention when they were seen holding guns and yelling at protesters outside of their Central West End home. The protesters marched through their gated neighborhood on their way to former Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home. A grand jury indicted the couple on October 6, 2020, on charges of exhibiting guns at a protest and tampering with evidence. The couple stated that they feared for their safety and their attorney argued that they were not guilty of any felony offenses. No shots were ever fired.
The duo appeared in a videotaped address at the Republican National Convention, where they were seen warning voters that then-nominee Joe Biden would not protect the suburbs from crime. “Your family will not be safe,” Patricia said. In April 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s request to prosecute the couple. The McCloskeys have said Gardner used the case for her own political gain.
Who is Mark McCloskey?
McCloskey did his graduation with magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1982 with a degree in sociology, criminal justice and psychology. He later went to the Southern Methodist University of Law in 1985. Mark McCloskey started McCloskey, PC, in 1994 alongside his wife Patricia.
The couple has assisted people with serious brain injury, neck, back, spinal cord, and other serious, disabling, or fatal neurological injuries. In 1988, the duo got featured in St Louis Magazine for their impressive renovation of the famous estate. According to their listing on Lawyers.com, McCloskey's firm specializes in cases related to personal injury,
torts, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, product liability and legal malpractices.
McCloskey's property is valued at almost $1.15 million, which has now increased. The McCloskeys both own a multi-million home that was once owned by Edward and Anna Busch Faust. It holds a value of around $30 million.
Meanwhile, Eric Greitens, the former Missouri Governor who resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations, has already announced his candidacy. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has declared for the race as well. Former Missouri State Representative and State Senator Scott Sifton and entrepreneur Spencer Toder are among those running in the Democratic primary.