Sen. Claire McCaskill Accuses Her Opponent Of Planting Someone In Her Campaign

REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Mike Brest Reporter
Font Size:

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill accused Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Tuesday of planting someone in her campaign in response an undercover Project Veritas video that revealed her beliefs on the Second Amendment.

“It is startling that Josh Hawley would be part of fraudulently embedding somebody in my campaign. He’s the Attorney General of the state of Missouri. He’s supposed to be going after fraud, not participating in it,” McCaskill stated. “In fact now I remember that very individual talking to me trying to get me to say, to get me to say something different than what my positions are. And I said no you’ve just got to tell people on the doors it is what it is.”

Although Hawley is using the Project Veritas video to further his campaign, neither he nor Project Veritas has given any indication that Hawley was in any way involved in “embedding somebody” in McCaskill’s campaign.

In the original video released on Monday, McCaskill was caught responding to a question about banning bumpstocks and high capacity magazines, “But if we have the kind of year I think we might have I think we could actually be in a position to get votes on this stuff on the floor and we’d get 60. McConnell knows it. He just doesn’t want to put it on the floor because then it goes to the House and then sits awkward because all those House members are total NRA folks so…”

One of her campaign aides also said that she doesn’t publicly support gun control advocacy groups like Moms Demand Action because they could harm her chances at getting reelected. (RELATED: Project Veritas Catches Democrat Senator McCaskill On Camera: She’ll Vote To Ban High-Capacity Mags)

McCaskill is set to square off against Hawley in one of the tightest races leading up to the November midterms. The most recent poll average at RealClearPolitics has her and Hawley less than a point apart.

Follow Mike on Twitter.