JACKSON COUNTY, Mo.- A former staffer for a Republican U.S. Representative from Arkansas has announced a GOP Senate run in Missouri as a “political outsider” ready to replace “career politicians” by backing President Donald Trump.
Pulling verbiage from Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ successful campaign, Courtland Sykes threw his hat in the ring Tuesday in a news release.
Inquiries about the announcement and the candidate were not immediately returned.
In a news release, Sykes promised to support Trump’s pro-America agenda, billed himself as a supporter of smaller government and pledged to serve only two terms, if elected.
“It is time to elect leaders who understand how to be servants,” Sykes said in a statement. “We need a change from ladder climbers and career politicians.”
The reference to ladders appears to be a shot at Attorney General Josh Hawley, who ran for his current job on the specific promise that he would not use his office as a ladder to another gig. Hawley seems to be doing exactly that with his Senate campaign – which he appears to have privately started despite not publicly committing – against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri.
Sykes’ news release bills himself as a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a “political outsider who will focus on fixing Washington.”
Records indicate Sykes was paid a salary to do military and veteran affairs’ work in 2016 for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas. It is unclear how working for a Congressman qualifies Sykes to be a “political outsider.”
On the policy side, Sykes’ website says the candidate supports legal immigration, “but break-ins are a simple matter of law.” He supports the wall Trump proposes building on the U.S.-Mexico border.
His website also indicates he wants to reign in federal spending, hints at support for school choice and local control in the world of education and declares that “no lobbyists, no special interests, no think tanks had anything to do with any of these positions.”
As inspirations, Sykes credits conservatives Ronald Reagan, Phyllis Schlafly, Newt Gingrich, William F. Buckley and Pat Buchanan.
While there is a sykesforsenate2018.com and a campaign kick-off video, a search of Federal Election Commission records returned no results for a “Courtland Sykes for Senate” committee. A donation page on his website says donors can contribute to such a committee, which lists a P.O. Box in Springfield as an address.
Sykes’ news release says he lives in Jackson County with his family and a dog.
Shared by the Springfield News-Leader