Senator Claire McCaskill has taken to talking about scandals lately, while ignoring her own decades long career in public office. McCaskill has faced multiple allegations of ethical lapses and misuse of her office. Voters are set to re-examine her lengthy record as a career politician as she faces a tough re-election battle. Last week, CNN ranked the Missouri Senate race as the most likely race to flip D to R and the third overall of races most likely to switch parties.
As Missouri Rising Action’s newest graphic shows, Missouri voters are taking a hard look at McCaskill’s record:
In 1995, McCaskill absolved State House Speaker Bob Griffin of any wrongdoing in a casino scandal, but he was later sentenced to prison for bribery. (Terry Ganey, “Three Prosecutors Say Griffin Broke No Laws,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/8/95) (Terry Ganey, “Bob Griffin Had The Power,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/7/97)
In December 1999, a special prosecutor concluded that McCaskill improperly launched a “politically motivated” investigation into the campaign finances of political rivals. (Joe Lambe, “McCaskill Accused Of Playing Politics,” The Kansas City Star, 12/17/99)
In June 2004, The Kansas City Star reported that a special prosecutor’s report included allegations by a drug task force commander that McCaskill requested that a former staff member not be arrested for her connection to meth manufacturing. (Mike McGraw, “Report On McCaskill Leaves Questions,” The Kansas City Star, 6/29/04)