In The Huffington Post on December 31, 2009, quoting a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article:
Claire McCaskill: ‘It’s OK If I Don’t Get Re-Elected’
This is not new.
At approximately one hour and forty-one minutes into the health care reform town hall in Hillsboro, Missouri on August 11, 2009:
….Senator Claire McCaskill:…He wants to chew on me. That’s okay. [describing the written question] Uh, this is, how long do you think you can keep your job if you vote for this plan or any plan that includes a public option? [applause, cheers, shouts, whistles]…
Voices: Answer it. Answer it.
Senator McCaskill: Oh, um, well, I, I, you know, I’m gonna tell you the truth. Um…
Voice: Good. [shouts, applause, laughter]
Senator McCaskill: I’m gonna do my best. But it’s okay if I go home. Um…[inaudible]
Voice: You work for us. You work for us. [crosstalk]
Senator McCaskill: [inaudible][crosstalk] I think one of the problems in Washington…
Voice: [inaudible]…the people.
Voice: [shouted] Enjoy retirement.
Senator McCaskill: I’m gonna try and work hard. I’m gonna try and do my best. I’m gonna try and listen and I’m gonna try to make good decisions that I think most Missourians would agree with. But, if, end of the day Missouri decides they don’t want to hire me again, you know, I’ve had a long, and I can get emotional about this, I’ve had an incredibly wonderful time working in the public sector. Um, I’ve done [applause] it for a long time and [inaudible].
When I ran for this office I was unsure I could win. Um, I had just lost a, a, a gut wrenching campaign. And, in, in case you hadn’t noticed, campaigns are tough on your family. And the campaigns, uh, against me were particularly tough on my family. And so I kind of ran for this job and I wasn’t really sure I could do it. I mean it was gonna be hard. It was the incumbent senator and Missouri hadn’t elected a Democratic senator in a long, long time. And, I, it was really an up hill battle. And so, I kind of went into it thinking, hey, it’s okay, you know, this doesn’t work out, I, I’m lucky. I’ve got, mom will tell you, I, I, I’ve got, I’ve got wonderful kids in, we’re blessed, and I, other things I can do. I, I can contribute.
So, at the end of the day, if you guys send me home, I’ll still greet you as, hi neighbor, and we’ll be okay. So, that’s…[applause][inaudible shout]….
Uh, Claire McCaskill has consistently stated that she’s going to try to do the right thing as she represents the interests of her constituents in Missouri and if she doesn’t get re-elected she’ll accept that.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch article:
McCaskill feeling some frustration in Senate
By Bill Lambrecht
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
….According to the most recent tally in a database at the Washington Post, McCaskill has voted with her party 77 percent of the time this year, the third-lowest among Democratic senators behind only Evan Bayh of Indiana and Ben Nelson of Nebraska….
A question. If the only two Democratic U.S. Senators to the right of you by voting record are Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson, and the right wingers and teabaggers in Missouri won’t vote for you anyway, and you’re not overly concerned about re-election, why don’t you take the job for a spin and see what it can do rather than cater to all the fear mongering obstructionists and the inside the beltway cocktail weenie circuit?