Scott Sifton, a former Democratic state senator from St. Louis County, officially launched a campaign on Monday to unseat GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
Sifton, 46, is the first Democrat to join the campaign. He announced his intention in a web video that focused as much on Missouri’s other senator — Republican Josh Hawley — as on Blunt. In particular, Sifton pointed to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, an event Hawley has been accused of inciting with his efforts to overturn the presidential election.
“When he raised his fist and betrayed our democracy, Josh Hawley showed us who he really is,” Sifton says in the video. “And when Sen. Blunt was too weak to stand up to his party’s lies, he showed us who he is too.”
Excited to announce I am running for United States Senator here in Missouri! Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt have shown us who they are. Now we have the chance to show who we are as Missourians. I need your help! Visit our campaign website at https://t.co/Qu5E65ZgUI to get started. pic.twitter.com/69fdUgY7fE
— Scott Sifton (@ScottSifton) February 8, 2021
Blunt, who first won the senate seat since 2010, opposed Hawley’s push to block certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
But he made statements after the election that appeared to express doubts about whether Biden was victorious. After the electoral college voted in early December, Blunt began referring to Biden as “president-elect.”
Sifton is an attorney who served a term in the Missouri House before being elected to the state Senate in 2012, when he defeated an incumbent Republican. He left the Senate after eight years due to term limits.