Courtland Sykes, described as an Arkansas native who worked briefly on the staff of U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman as a military affairs representative, has moved to Missouri and announced a challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

He’s described as a big fan of Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and various ultra-right causes. The frontrunner in the Republican primary is Attorney General Josh Hawley, who some Republicans see as squishy on Trump. Is Sykes, thus, perhaps poised to be Missouri’s Roy Moore?


The Kansas City Star attempt to further define Sykes is interesting. Example:

Republican Courtland Sykes’ Senate campaign video includes an image of a man throwing a Molotov cocktail as the Navy veteran warns that immigration is out of control.

There are fudge factors in his resume.


Sykes joined the Navy after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and served for more than eight years, including a tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, he said. He later attended Harvard University’s Extension School, a program geared toward non-traditional students, and earned a degree in 2014, according to his LinkedIn page.

Sykes called the extension program “the working man’s degree.” Harvard did not immediately respond to requests from The Star for more information on Sykes’ time as a student.

His LinkedIn page also listed him as a graduate student at the University of London. Sykes said that he had completed a semester of online classes with the British university, but that he would be putting that on hold to focus on the campaign. His status as graduate student was removed from his page shortly after his interview with The Star.

Any Arkies out there know the candidate? He is a former resident of Hot Springs, various Internet accounts indicate.