In a story about the Missouri Governor deciding to attend the Democratic National Convention, Claire McCaskill gets a mention with a “we have to check our schedule” non-commitment:
Plans are less clear though for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who continues to be hammered by Republicans and allied groups because she was one of Obama’s early supporters. A campaign aide said the senator’s schedule for September was still in flux. McCaskill expects to be in a tough re-election battle. McCaskill had missed the state Democratic convention several weeks ago because her mother has been ill. She did make the party’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, last Friday. McCaskill also skipped the 2004 Democratic presidential convention in Boston because she was engaged in a spirited contest for governor. McCaskill was in a difficult political position that year because she was challenging a fellow Democrat already holding the office, then-Gov. Bob Holden. The national convention that year was held in late July, just weeks before Missouri’s 2004 presidential primary, in which McCaskill defeated Holden. She lost that November to the Republican nominee, Matt Blunt.
We’ll hold a seat for you Claire, but you better hurry, spots are going fast!
UPDATE: McCaskill has officially booked her ticket.
The “We’re Not With Obama” Bandwagon
- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia
- Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
- Rep. Nick Rahall, West Virginia
- Rep. Mark Critz, Pennsylvania
- Rep. Bill Owens, New York
- Rep. Kathy Hochul, New York
- Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah
- Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri
- Sen. John Tester, Montana