Rep. Vicky Hartzler has tapped On Message Inc. to advise her Missouri Senate bid, hiring the GOP firm that guided Sen. Josh Hawley to victory in 2018 and consults for Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman.
Hartzler, 60, has not previously worked with On Message, whose top operatives are taking over general consulting, media strategy, and polling. The congresswoman’s decision to sign a firm with deep Missouri ties, and experience winning competitive Republican primaries in the state, raises the stakes for her dark-horse candidacy.
To date, the contest has been dominated by the two front-runners: Eric Greitens, the scandal-plagued former governor, and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
In addition to advising Hawley’s maiden Senate bid, On Message ran the show for his campaign for state attorney general two years prior, helping him win a come-from-behind victory in the GOP primary before winning more votes than former President Donald Trump in the