Husband's millions may doom Democratic incumbent

Friday, July 27, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

McCaskill, Claire (U.S. senator)A pro-family activist and political analyst argues that it's time for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to pack up and go home to Missouri.

According to a compilation of polls by RealClearPolitics, the Missouri Democrat (pictured) has a mere one-point lead over Republican challenger Josh Hawley, who has the endorsement of President Donald Trump. RCP says: "This time, McCaskill's luck may run out," pointing out she was on track to lose six years ago, but benefitted from a gaffe by her Republican opponent.

Now a report in the Kansas City Star reveals that businesses tied to McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, have received more than $131 million in federal subsidies since she took office in 2007 ($62 million in her first term, $69 million in her second). The report says while Shepard doesn't personally pocket that money, he has benefitted from profits from the housing projects he's invested in that received those funds.

McCaskill claims she has no role in how the money is awarded or in her husband's business interests.

OneNewsNow contacted Cathie Adams, who serves as first vice president of Illinois-based Eagle Forum. "I think that when our president said that he was going to drain the swamp, this is exactly the swamp that he was referring to: when a spouse can make millions of dollars on businesses," she offered.

Adams

"No, it's not directly going into his pocket – but you know that he is benefiting, you know that she is benefitting. This is corruption and it needs to stop," she continues. "And this lady has just asked for her exit from the seat that she has been holding for too long in Missouri."

RealClearPolitics, which currently designates Missouri as a toss-up, notes that the state has "swung dramatically toward Republicans" over the past ten years. "Barack Obama narrowly lost the state in 2008, while Donald Trump won by twenty points," says the RCP website. "McCaskill has a solid opponent in Attorney General Josh Hawley. With that said, if the national environment remains poisonous for Republicans, she may survive another term."

That said, though, according to Adams, Josh Hawley – currently the state's attorney general – is the strong candidate the GOP needs to flip that Senate seat into the Republican column.

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