New Yorker Profile of McCaskill Highlights Money ‘From Liberals Outside Missouri’ New Yorker Profile of McCaskill Highlights Money ‘From Liberals Outside Missouri’ – NTK Network

New Yorker Profile of McCaskill Highlights Money ‘From Liberals Outside Missouri’

Claire McCaskill is trying to sell herself as a tried-and-true Missourian, focused on issues that matter to the state. A New Yorker profile pokes holes in that narrative, based on McCaskill's own contributions.

By NTK Staff | 10.22.2018 @1:15pm
New Yorker Profile of McCaskill Highlights Money ‘From Liberals Outside Missouri’

Vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) “doesn’t advertise” this fact, but it’s true, writes The New Yorker: “much of her money comes from liberals outside Missouri.”

That’s one of the highlights of The New Yorker‘s profile of McCaskill. Ironically, the liberal New York publication tracks McCaskill’s attempts to connect with Missourians. But it also points out McCaskill’s long and “complicated” history with out-of-state liberals she sometimes claims to shun.

McCaskill’s relationship with Hillary Clinton, the dominant female politician of her generation, is complicated, and reflects the fine line she walks as both a Democrat and a Missourian. In 2006, during McCaskill’s first Senate campaign, she was skeptical about Clinton’s plans to run for President. As Jeffrey Goldberg reported in this magazine, she argued that the Democratic Party needed a candidate who would be competitive in all fifty states—meaning that she didn’t think that Clinton would do well in Missouri.

…McCaskill likes to say that much of her campaign’s money—thirty-one million dollars so far—comes from small online donors. But Hawley, whose campaign has raised only $8.5 million, often points out another fact, which she doesn’t advertise: that much of her money comes from liberals outside Missouri. One of McCaskill’s biggest contributors is Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook. Obama made the first fund-raising appearance of his post-Presidency on McCaskill’s behalf, at an event this past May, in Beverly Hills, hosted by, among others, J. J. Abrams, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg.

Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO) has been hammering McCaskill’s connections to Obama, Clinton, and other elite liberals. His sustained and focused campaign may be just enough to convince Missourians to send McCaskill packing this November.

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