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Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill to keynote FDP State Convention on Halloween

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The Florida Democratic Party announced that U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri  will keynote the FDP’s October 31 dinner at the 2015 State Convention.

“Today we are thrilled to announce the Senator Claire McCaskill will keynote our 2015 State Convention dinner on October 31st.” said FDP Chair Allison Tant. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Senator McCaskill on our team as we head into such a critical election. Her incredible record as a glass-ceiling breaker is an inspiration to us all, and I can’t wait to hear from her Saturday night [October 31] as she gets Florida Democrats fired up and ready to win in 2016.”

McCaskill has been representing Missouri in Washington since 2006, when she defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent in the year that saw the Democrats controlling both the House and Senate. She was re-elected in 2012, when she had the good fortune of facing Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, whom she ended up defeating by 15 percentage points.

She was a key ally for Barack Obama in his bid for president in 2008, and has already been utilized as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. She irked Bernie Sanders supporters this summer when she called the self-avowed socialist as being “too extreme” for the American people.

“I think the media is giving Bernie a pass right now,” McCaskill said on MSNBC. “I very rarely read in any coverage of Bernie that he’s a socialist. I think everybody wants a fight and I think they are not really giving the same scrutiny to Bernie Sanders that they’re giving certainly to Hillary Clinton and the other candidates.”

And last month she suggested it would be unwise that Vice President Joe Biden to take on Clinton in the Democratic primary, saying, “I’m worried if he does and doesn’t do well; it will be hurtful to him, and we all care about him deeply.”

“I can’t wait to join Florida Democrats for their 2015 State Convention,” McCaskill said in a statement. “The Sunshine State will be crucial to our Party’s efforts to keep control of the White House and regain control of the Senate. Over the last seven years we’ve made incredible progress and now we must protect it. I look forward to joining Florida Democrats later this month as we celebrate moving our country forward and prepare for the work ahead. On to victory!”

The Florida Democratic Party’s 2015 State Convention will take place at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club in Lake Buena Vista from October 30 to November 1.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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