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Hawley, who slammed McCaskill for raising money in California, raises money in California

Hawley, who slammed McCaskill for raising money in California, raises money in California

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Hawley and McCaskill

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Hawley, a Republican, is challenging McCaskill for her Senate seat.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley a few months ago lambasted incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for a California trip in which she hobnobbed with national Democratic leaders and did a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

McCaskill “has sold Missouri’s vote to Hollywood," a Hawley campaign spokeswoman told the Post-Dispatch at the time.

But Hawley himself was in Beverly Hills over the weekend, meeting with the Republican National Committee about campaign finance issues, the same spokeswoman confirmed Monday.

While in California, Hawley also attended a San Francisco fundraiser, she confirmed.

"No matter where Josh goes, his message remains the same," the spokeswoman, Kelli Ford, wrote in response to questions about Hawley's apparent change of heart about the appropriateness of raising funds and meeting with party leaders in The Golden State.

Hawley, who is Missouri's attorney general and a leading candidate for the GOP Senate nomination, slammed McCaskill earlier this year with a web ad that noted her Beverly Hills fundraiser with former President Barack Obama, and snarked: "Fighting ... all the way to Beverly Hills."

If McCaskill and Hawley both win their contested Aug. 7 primaries, as widely expected, they will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election, in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

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