I am not thrilled with the idea of State Auditor Claire McCaskill running for the U. S. Senate seat currently held by Jim Talent.
It's not that I don't feel she would make a capable U. S. Senator. The question that needs to be asked is: Is it good for the state if she wins a U. S. Senate seat?
Sure, it provides the Democratic Party with a strong candidate, most likely its strongest, to unseat Talent, but if McCaskill goes to Washington, who is going to ride herd on state officials who seem determined to push every ethical boundary possible?
Consider the current ethical quagmire Department of Revenue Director Trish Vincent is in with her failure to take legitimate bids for office equipment at the time state license fee offices were privatized.
You can't blame Ms. McCaskill for wanting to run for higher office or the Missouri Democratic Party for wanting her to do so, but the state of Missouri has benefited by having Ms. McCaskill in the state auditor position during the administrations of Bob Holden and Matt Blunt, two politicians who, from all appearances, prefer to use any method other than common sense to run the state government.