Claire McCaskill: I’ll Never Run for Public Office Again

ST LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 04: Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) fields questions from reporters following a campaign stop outside a Walmart store on November 4, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. McCaskill is in a tight race with her Republican challenger Josh Hawley. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) vowed to never again run for public office in an interview released Wednesday, saying she will focus her efforts on advising future Democrat candidates after leaving office.

“I am not going to disappear,” McCaskill, who was defeat by Sen.-elect Josh Hawley (R-MO) last month, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I am going to help and I think I can help in terms of the party recruiting good candidates, being prepared. I envision trying to help teach candidates some of the basics.”

Hawley won his U.S. Senate bid again McCaskill by six percentage points. Then-candidate Donald Trump took Missouri by roughly 19 points in the 2016 presidential election.

While McCaskill said she is eager to lend a hand to candidates, the one thing the outgoing lawmaker affirm will not be doing is helping to raise campaign funds.

“I will never make another phone call, asking for money,” the Missouri Democrat, who raised a whopping $40 million for her re-election campaign, told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s terrible, terrible,” she added. “It is a horrible part of the job, and I have done it for a long time.”

McCaskill’s remarks appear to pour cold water on discussions that the 65-year-old will run for the governor of Missouri.

McCaskill is slated to deliver her final Senate floor speech on Thursday.


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