Wednesday, February 2, 2011

McCaskill counters claim she lobbied against St. Louis

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is disputing reports that she worked against efforts to get the 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held in St. Louis.

The New York Times reported this week that McCaskill told the White House that holding the DNC in St. Louis would “complicate” her re-election because it would attract protestors and affect fund-raising. 

Today, she said that’s not true.

"I don’t know where that came from," McCaskill said. "I certainly would urge any news outlet to call the DNC or to call the political director at the White House and ask them how hard I worked for the convention. It got to the point that Tim Kaine didn’t even want to return my phone calls. He’s the chairman of the DNC."

The DNC announced Tuesday that it selected Charlotte, North Carolina for next year’s national convention instead of St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.

Bill Raack, St. Louis Radio


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