State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, is pondering the decision to throw his hat in the political ring to try to unseat U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2018.
On Monday, Curtman told The Missourian he would be making the decision within the next couple of days and it would depend mainly on his family.
“I’ve been approached by several conservative Republican groups across the state,” Curtman said. “There has been a lot of support and I don’t want to keep everyone hanging.”
Although Curtman says the recent decision of Congresswoman Ann Wagner not to run against McCaskill next year has not affected his decision. He understands there will be a lot of other candidates who will jump in the race.
“The bulk of my support has been from grassroots organizations statewide,” Curtman said. “I’ve met a lot people over the past seven to eight years doing my Defense of Liberties dinners. Most of my campaign fundraising has come from small dollar donors through Facebook and social media, checks for $25 and $50.”
Curtman said he relies on the conservative base of the party and it was his knowledge of the Constitution that originally prompted his run for his current State Representative seat.
“My questioning of Claire at one of her rallies years ago put me on the radar,” Curtman said. “This would be a fitting way to close the book on Claire McCaskill.”
Curtman has served in the House representing District 109 since 2010. Last November, he was elected to his fourth and final term. He is currently the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee.
He also is a licensed financial advisor and if he decides politics are in his rear-view he said he could focus on his practice in Chesterfield.
No matter what Curtman decides, his statutory eight years will be up and his seat in the Legislature will be open in 2018
“I’m not aware of anyone who will be running for my seat,” Curtman said. “I’m not into politicians grooming their replacements. As of now, there is no heir apparent.”
According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, Curtman has an active candidate committee with more than $18,000 in his account.
During his time in the House, Curtman has sponsored or had some part in just under 250 pieces of legislation.
McCaskill, who has served in the Senate since 2007, recently reported she has $5 million in her political war chest.