The Endorsement Of Claire McCaskill

Today’s article is another endorsement of what is generally considered to be a moderate Democratic Senate candidate running in a purple state. The reality is that any progressive and/or patriotic Missourian should vote to reelect Senator Claire McCaskill this November. Doubt me? Let’s explore.

In 2006 Claire was first elected to the Senate in a close race. She was reelected in 2012 by about 15 points because she ran against Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin. In 2018 the race should be very close again. This time Claire will not only have to defeat an extremist Republican but also the Russians.

Missouri doesn’t hold its primary until August 7th but her likely challenger is current State Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley was closely linked to recently resigned GOP Governor Eric Greitens who was forced to resign after it became known that he had assaulted a former mistress and took non-consensual pictures of her in a state of undress. Greitens then attempted to blackmail her with those pictures.

Staying with the misogynist sleaze factor association, President Trump invited Hawley to the stage during a recent VFW convention appearance in Kansas City. Hawley got up, took the microphone and praised Trump.

Last week it was publically revealed that a Russian intelligence operation commonly known as Fancy Bear attempted to hack McCaskill’s campaign in a very similar manner to which they hacked Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. I guess we know who Vladimir Putin wants to win in what should be one of the tightest Senate races of 2018.

McCaskill has a fine resume for a United States Senator, her undergraduate degree is in political science from the University of Missouri then she remained at Missouri to earn her law degree. Aside from three years in private practice she has spent her entire career in government service.

Particularly impressive are McCaskill’s records on women’s issues and gun regulation. She has a 100 lifetime rating from Planned Parenthood and an “F” from the NRA. That means she is right in line with the values of most Americans.

McCaskill had her own #Me Too moment when as a young legislator in the Missouri House she was asked if she brought her kneepads when trying to advance a bill she had authored. Claire is pro-choice. In something that touches me she is a breast cancer survivor.

Claire voted for Manchin-Toomey. She supports expanded background checks. With California Senator Diane Feinstein she co-sponsored legislation calling for prohibiting people on the terrorist no-fly list from purchasing guns. She participated in the House sit-in in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June of 2016. In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting she co-sponsored legislation to ban bump stocks which Mitch McConnell never allowed it to hit the Senate floor.

McCaskill was one of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters in 2008. Staying on the elections front, she introduced legislation to make delivering voter suppression intended lies a federal crime. Can you now see why Republicans and Russians hate her?

On the immigration front she is an ardent supporter of the Dreamers.

In addition to supporting several pro-military issues Claire voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

McCaskill voted against the Trump Tower Tax Cut seeing through the smokescreen and envisioning the bill as a giveaway to the very wealthy that will be paid for by exploding the deficit, national debt and eventually by the vast majority of American taxpayers.

If you live in a state without a 2018 Senate race and want to get involved in an out of state race this is a good one to consider. It is with absolutely no reservation that endorses Claire McCaskill for reelection to the United States Senate from Missouri.

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