Tuesday, February 1, 2011

NYT: McCaskill worried DNC would hurt re-election

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri was worried her reelection bid could be "complicated" if the DNC were held in her state, the New York Times is reporting.

Meanwhile, McClaskill said today she was "bitterly disappointed" that St. Louis was not selected as the DNC site, but very proud of efforts to land it there, according to Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. Read their report by clicking here.

McCaskill was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and is a key ally of President Barack Obama. Her seat is considered to be one of the more competitive Senate races in 2012.

McCaskill, according to the Times, "took her concerns directly to the White House, according to party leaders familiar with the selection process. She argued that her re-election could be complicated if the convention was held in St. Louis, because the Democratic gathering will almost certainly attract protesters and compete for fund-raising."

The snippet was included near the at the end of a report on the Times website today about Charlotte's selection as host of the Democratic National Convention. Read the story by clicking here.

A couple weeks ago, McCaskill said she was worried about St. Louis' chances of hosting the DNC because she hadn't received any new insight on the city's bid from the White House. "I wish I knew," McCaskill said at the time. "I'm worried that I don't, to tell you the truth because I would think by now that somebody would have given me some kind of glimmer of what is going to happen." -- APRIL BETHEA