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McCaskill Rallies Democrats, Aide Kicks Jeff Smith Out of Meeting

By Antonio D. French

Filed Wednesday, September 06, 2006 at 7:15 PM

PUB DEF EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill met yesterday with several St. Louis area Democratic elected officials to emphasize the importance of the upcoming statewide elections and to heal whatever wounds may remain from last month's Primary fights.

Mayor Francis Slay, Comptroller Darlene Green, State Senator Maida Coleman, State Reps. John Bowman, Robin Wright-Jones, Yaphett El-Amin, Connie Johnson, soon-to-be State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, City Democratic Committee Chair Brian Wahby and most of the committee members were at the meeting at McCaskill's city headquarters in the St. Louis Marketplace on Manchester. But one recently elected city Democrat did not attend -- and not for lack of trying.

Jeff Smith, who recently won a tough primary election for State Senate and has no opposition in the general election, was stopped at the door and asked to leave by McCaskill's political director, Brandon Davis. He told Smith the meeting was only for "elected officials."



At least two of those elected officials voiced some concerns they had with McCaskill and the direction of the state party.

Committeewoman Norma Leggette (4th Ward) told McCaskill that she wasn't sure what to tell her constituents about what the Democratic Party stood for anymore. She said she felt the there were two parties in the City -- one white, one black.

Committeeman Joe Palm (26th Ward) said that McCaskill's opponent, Sen. Jim Talent, was making strong inroads into the black community. He claimed the incumbent Republican has been making promises of financial aid to black church leaders and even some northside politicos. Palm warned McCaskill that gimmicks won't increase voter turnout.

"I know I lost, but my opponents in my [State Rep] race had a big truck with video and signs too, and the turnout was still terrible," said Palm. He said the Republicans have gimmicks too. "Talent lit the Arch up pink," he said referring to Talent's bill that authorized bathing the Gateway Arch in pink lights to bring attention to breast cancer.

McCaskill listened quietly to Palm and Leggette before taking the floor. In a spirited voice, she told them that she would do everything she could to make clear to every Democratic voter that "George Bush has no better friend than Jim Talent."

McCaskill said she would remind people that "George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black."

"That's what I'm talking about," interrupted Palm. "Your people should be videotaping that right now!"

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53 Comments:

Doug Duckworth said...

Clarie Clarie...

The only way you will win is by making Talent look like Bush, and by attacking his conservative voting record. Given Bushs' extremely low polling numbers, you might be able to pull this off.

Yet this game disgusts me. I find both Talent and Claire horrible candiates with no new message. I am voting for a 3rd Party Candiate instead.

Strong unifying leadership is required to lead the United States into the New American Century. A new message for this century is required. Alas, its much eaiser fall into partisan politics because the base will always support you.

Or will it?

Alienating hardworking grassroots candiates like Jeff Smith is not a good strategy. This is one of the reasons you lost my vote. Maybe you lost more as well?

9/06/2006 8:38 PM

 
Bubba said...

Is this the same Brandon Davis who also emberrassed McCaskill at the NAACP event? Is this the same Brandon Davis who many people are still mad at because of his incompetence during Gov. Holden's re-election bid? It saddens me as a Democrat when good hard working ELECTED OFFICIALS like Senator Smith offer their time, volunteers, political organization, to other candidates only to get treated like this. McCaskill ought to vet who she hires much better it seems to me. Shame. Shame. Shame.

9/06/2006 9:04 PM

 
Anonymous said...

How are we Democrats ever going to rescue this country if we can't stop fighting amongst ourselves. Bubba is right, good Dem candidates trying to help elect other Dems should be treated like kings and queens for heaven's sake.

9/06/2006 9:08 PM

 
STAR JONES said...

Jeff Smith is like Rodney Dangerfield he "Don't get no respect"!

9/06/2006 10:11 PM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Star:

Jeff and other grassroots candidates should recieve respect or the political elite may find themselves in quite the battle.

Grassroots activism reveals the inherent vulnerability of complacent ruling-by-authority officials. They can sit in their wonderful office believing they have it made, when in fact they have quite the fight ahead. Hopefully the grassroots movement continues in St. Louis as it is one of the more direct variations of democracy that exist in our indirect unrepresentative polyarchical system.

9/06/2006 11:32 PM

 
St. Louis Oracle said...

Jeff Smith's girlfriend is a Claire staffer. That must have made the snub all the more humiliating.

9/07/2006 12:30 AM

 
Anonymous said...

We'd all better settle down and stop with the whining. As we speak this President and Congress have us deeply involved in a questionable war; they have spent every dime the country has and they've ruined our reputation throughout the world. I like Jeff Smith and wish Claire's staff would do better but I'm certainly not going to cast a 'protest' vote for a 3rd party candidate. People's lives are on the line. We'd better act like grown-ups.

9/07/2006 1:05 AM

 
Brian Harris said...

After reading this article I will not be voting for mccaskill. 1st she wouldnt let jeff smith in because he's not an "elected offical" but let soon-to-be State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed! Then to she he talk about how bush let blacks die in new orleans --> To try to get votes out of the black community in ---> St. louis??? Sour topic, we have enough problems of our own, that low blow didnt need to be thrown, and joe palm "asshole" is egging her on,,, Who in the hell is puttin these people in office?

9/07/2006 1:10 AM

 
Brian Harris said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 1:13 AM

 
Anonymous said...

I, too, had problems with this Davis character during Governor Holden's race. As a local activist, I was in charge of scheduling several events of a political nature during the summer of '04. I could never get a straight answer and often not even a response from this guy, no matter how many times I called. My best chance of getting anything done with Gov. Holden was to get ahold of anyone else who could overrule this guy's decisions. Claire's staff back then was always responsive and she attended several of our events.

It's no wonder Gov. Holden lost. I can't believe this ignorant snub of Jeff Smith. I won't be voting for a 3rd party candidate -- i'll be voting for Claire, but even though I had gotten over the resentment of her challenge to Holden, this incident is enough to insure that I don't lift a finger to help her. I've been down this path too many times to have to deal with this same problem. I can only hope for her sake and for Democrat's sake that Claire's other staffers are good enough to make up for this.

9/07/2006 1:32 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio it is definitely disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#finitely disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#nitely disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#tely disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#ly disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@# disappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#isappointing for you to come into a strategic, elected Democratic Officials meeting and report slanted, slanderous, false, inflamatory, poorly conveyed, poorly edited information from a meeting on a public website without the express permission of anyone that attended the meeting.

People in attendance were not aware that they were being videotaped or that falsely edited messages would be reported back to the public. In addition, the messages on this website are very offensive that you have allowed to remain.

I hope the Republicans are paying you and your crew well Antonio French, because you are definitely not a friend of Democrats and your reporting was not intended to bring any Democrats together!!!!!

Who the hell invited you anyway?

9/07/2006 1:43 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Anon:

This is not a Democratic website and Antonio is free to report the blunders of any party.

It so happens that the Democratic party made quite the error.

Do you actually think Antonio voted for Gambaro? Perhaps Antonio is pointing out the disconnect between the political elite and the grassroots movement? Perhaps he is promoting the message of unity?

9/07/2006 1:49 AM

 
Anonymous said...

You really think that nobody recognized Antonio French and nobody thought they were being filmed? If anyone deserves shame it's Claire's staff for allowing a member of the media/blogger into an event that they wanted to keep private. Poor work on their part for running the event so poorly.

9/07/2006 1:53 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Antonio French is really trying to become a problem for some people in St. Louis!

9/07/2006 1:57 AM

 
Anonymous said...

Don't worry because Antonio French doesn't care about anything anyway, except one thing.

9/07/2006 1:59 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:09 AM

 
Doug Duckworth said...

Listen all you late night naysayers:

When some controversy occurs it is the medias job to report such debacle.

If the elites can't deal with it, then they should get some damage prevention rather than investing in damage control.

Get with the program.

This is the Internet age. We can report your mistakes in less than one hour. If you can't adapt, then you are obsolete.

The more corruption occurs, the more Antonio's you will see stepping up to take the place of the media which has sold out their obligation for the bottom line.

9/07/2006 2:11 AM

 
Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/07/2006 2:27 AM

 
Anonymous said...

The world looks mighty good to me, because tootsie rolls are all I see, whatever it is I think I see, becomes a toosie roll to me, tootsie rolls have a bunch of *@#ap