McCaskill happy with job as auditor

Friday, December 10, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:50 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Claire McCaskill, the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Missouri governor, is happy with her job as state auditor and plans to pursue re-election to the office in 2006.

“A campaign like that is a little bit like childbirth,” McCaskill said Wednesday about her bid for governor. “You have the baby, and it’s so painful, and you think, ‘I don’t know if I ever want to go near my husband again.’”

McCaskill did not rule out running for governor again in 2008.

“I am blessed by the opportunity that I had to run,” she said. “I feel good about the effort we made. I’m proud of what we accomplished.”

McCaskill also discussed her future as auditor under Gov.-elect Matt Blunt.

“I sincerely want our state to do well,” she said. “I think it would be really tacky of me to be critical of Gov.-elect Blunt at this point. That is not going to be my style.”

McCaskill hopes the audits she conducts during the Blunt administration will be accepted as constructive criticism rather than political statements.

“We’ve done some really tough audits on Gov. Carnahan and Gov. Holden, and we’ll do some really tough audits on Gov. Blunt,” she said.

By ending “political bomb-throwing” and leaving a negative campaign behind her, McCaskill said she wants to focus on solutions for Missouri government.

With Democrats now in the minority, McCaskill said her party is working toward unity. She said nothing promotes cooperation more than losing.

“Nobody’s throwing elbows right now to get ahead of each other,” she said.

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