Tomorrow Senator McCaskill will make a visit to the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis just as her she comes under fire from African American leaders in Missouri for her inattention to key issues.
If recent reports are any indication, her relationship with the African American community is in need of serious repair:
State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal: “I’m even looking at politics at this point because I have a whole bunch of people who don’t like Claire McCaskill at all who are African American. There’s an article that came out again this morning that says ‘Claire McCaskill, you don’t care about African Americans’ and basically there are people that are coming to me that say ‘you have these token individuals that are speaking on your behalf to say that you’re helping out the African American community when you’re not.’ And then I have next door neighbors who are saying ‘hey, Claire McCaskill, you don’t care about African Americans, you just care about the vote for African Americans.’”
From The Kansas City Star, March 28, 2018:
African American leaders in Missouri are frustrated with what they see as Sen. Claire McCaskill’s lackluster engagement with minority voters.
Frustrated enough that they refused to sign a letter pushing back against comments made last month by Bruce Franks, a prominent black activist and state legislator from St. Louis, who called on McCaskill to “show up” and earn the support of minority voters in her state.
“I’m going to vote for Claire, but Claire is going to have to bring her ass to St. Louis,” Franks said to applause at a town hall he hosted Feb. 17.
From The St. Louis American, February 19, 2018:
State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.: As a black man in a poor black community, how would you express to me the need to vote for Claire McCaskill?
Woman: That’s a good question.
Franks: I understand what you’re saying. I’m going to vote for Claire. I so appreciate this question, but we have folks who don’t come from this particular community and don’t understand the barriers and challenges. They come in and they say, “Listen, we could lose a Senate seat.” And they’re telling us that we can lose a senator that we never knew existed because this person hasn’t shown up in our community. This person hasn’t spoken to our needs.
I understand that Claire votes good on some stuff and doesn’t vote good on other stuff. We can go back and forth on that all day. But when people start to bring up specifics, you try to telling that mother who lost her 14-year-old kid who doesn’t get to reap the benefits from anything that she’s voting for that you have to save this Senate seat – that you have to vote for this person.
I was asked this at the Hadley Township meeting. A lady said, “Well, something’s better than nothing.” I said, “Not when you already have nothing.”
From The Kansas City Star, September 15, 2017:
McCaskill, a Democrat facing a tough re-election fight in 2018, said in a statement that some Missourians “are sure to be pained by today’s decision, and others will agree with the ruling, but the fact is that none of us can let it detract from the goals that we all should share — safer streets, where police have the trust of the communities they serve, and a system of justice that’s fair to all of our citizens.”
Chappelle-Nadal quoted a Twitter user who called McCaskill’s statement weak and insufficient. Chappelle-Nadal then added that McCaskill “certainly knows how to throw Black people under the bus when it’s politically expedient.”