"Kansas City attorney Craig O’Dear will formally enter Missouri’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday as an independent, banking on an anti-partisan theme in what is shaping up as one of the most quintessentially partisan races in America this year.”
"O’Dear does not plan to caucus with either party if he is elected to the Senate. He said that the fact that the federal government has faced a shutdown twice in the span of two months demonstrates the dysfunction caused by the party system.
'The problem in the United States Senate is everything is controlled by two caucuses...We have got to find a way to introduce some non-caucus space in this country,' he said.”
"Independent candidate Craig O’Dear is jumping in the race, and it could mean a headache for both McCaskill and Hawley.”
"Another major independent campaign officially announced its launch Thursday...'Our country is at a historically difficult moment,' says O’Dear. 'The hyper-partisan warfare of [the Republican and Democratic] parties is a major part of the problem.'"
"O'Dear said issues that need to be addressed include "healthcare, immigration, environmental protection, and our exploding national debt." His independent status will help him end congressional gridlock and allow him to "serve the people of Missouri untethered to any political party," O'Dear said."
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