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Leadership By … Waiting? McCaskill Still Silent on Haspel

The Missouri senator appears to be taking a 'wait and see' approach to the confirmation of President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel.

By NTK Staff | 05.17.2018 @1:30pm
Leadership By … Waiting? McCaskill Still Silent on Haspel

As Republicans and some moderate Democrats line up to support Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, the nation’s most vulnerable Senate Democrat is adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach.

On Wednesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told a reporter, point blank, “I’m not going to talk about” the Haspel nomination.

The Kansas City Star‘s Lindsay Wise noted that, while McCaskill’s support is not necessary for Haspel to be confirmed, “[a]t least 4 Dems have said they’ll vote to confirm” her.

McCaskill became the target of an America First Policies ad campaign this week when the group announced $1 million in ads targeting the Missouri senator, along with Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Doug Jones (D-AL). Heitkamp announced earlier this week she would back Haspel’s nomination.

McCaskill appears to be adopting the infamous Obama doctrine of “leading from behind.” Whether Missouri voters will reward her for the ‘wait and see’ approach, as opposed to more up-front leadership, will be determined this November.

UPDATE: McCaskill voted “no” on Haspel on Thursday afternoon.

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