Sunday, August 28, 2005

McCaskill poised to run for Senate

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.


Anonymous said...

First things first Randy. Blunt is only costing us money but Bush is costing us lives. We have got to wrest control of Congress away from his blind followers and we are out of time right now.

Seth said...

I agree Republicans with this much power can break every ethical line in the book and there will be nil in the way of accountability. McCaskill would make a great Senator but yes, will miss her as auditor. She has saved the state a lot of money as newspaper have pointed out: McCaskill has “uncovered millions of dollars of wasteful or questionable spending...” ~Kansas City Star “Transformed a sleepy office that reviewed county finances into a fierce watchdog of government spending...” – Springfield News-Leader By the way we are getting some indications that she is running against Talent. They hired a big time fundraiser and Nixon has been curiously taking about running for Governor.