Missouri Democrat was effusive in her praise for the sexual harasser…
(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) Heading in to her highly competitive re-election for 2018, Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri wanted a high-profile fellow Senator to help juice her campaign coffers at early November fundraising events around the state.
Her choice: Al Franken. Bad timing.
Franken announced his resignation on Thursday amid several accusations of sexual harassment or assault by various women, which led to a crescendo of calls by Democrat (and Republican) colleagues to step down.
But it’s a certainty that Franken, as headliner at a number of events, raised far more than that during his November 4th all-day visit, when he traversed the state for McCaskill.
The exact amount won’t be known under early next year, after fundraising reports are due.
Franken also was the featured speaker at the annual Truman Dinner held by the Missouri Democratic Party.
As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, McCaskill is on the record with effusive praise for Franken as she introduced him at the dinner event in St. Louis:
I have a front row seat where I have gotten to know this man. I have gotten to observe him in moments of crisis, in moments of pressure, in moments that really matter. I have watched his work on behalf of the underdog in America….
He knows how to shine the brightest light on wrongdoing and malfeasance. He is a truth seeker and no one in the Senate does it better.
His wit and humor in the cloakroom may be a welcome distraction for us on nights that we’re voting through the wee hours of the morning. But don’t mistake his wit and humor as any substitute for his heart….
McCaskill recounted how hard Franken worked on her behalf earlier in the day:
He agreed to come to Missouri tonight to help us. But he also agreed to work all day long, helping us raise money for my campaign, crisscrossing the state….
Flying back and forth. Doing events. And we had a very, very successful day of fundraising on the campaign because of this man and his heart….
All the friendship in this room is also reflected in how I feel about the man who is here tonight to motivate us, to make us understand that we’re not done in Missouri as Democrats. We’re just getting started. Please welcome my friend, Al Franken.
Missouri Rising PAC, which is supporting Attorney General Josh Hawley in his pursuit of the Republican nod to oppose McCaskill, called upon her and the state Democrats to disentangle themselves from the fruits of Franken’s labors.
“McCaskill and the Missouri Democratic Party have a responsibility to return every single penny of that tainted money,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the pro-Hawley PAC.Click here for reuse options!
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