Claire McCaskill’s Mother Dies; Ad Calls Todd Akin ‘Scary’

Betty Anne McCaskill was 84

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released a pre-Halloween advertisement on Monday, the same day she announced the passing of her mother. The incumbent credits Betty Anne McCaskill, 84, for a trailblazing political career inspired by Harry Truman. With one week left until the election, Rep. Todd Akin continues to campaign throughout Missouri.

* Betty Anne McCaskill's political accomplishments began by hearing Truman speak at her class commencement speech at the University of Missouri in 1950. In 1960, she taught her young children to say "trick or treat and vote for JFK." In 1971, the hard-working mother became the first woman elected to the Columbia City Council.

* Six years later, Betty Anne McCaskill lost a race for the General Assembly to Leroy Blunt, father of Sen. Roy Blunt. Always active in political campaigns, Claire McCaskill frequently brought her mother with her on the campaign trail until her health prevented such travel.

* Akin released a statement expressing "deepest condolences... our thoughts and prayers are with the whole McCaskill family right now."

* The McCaskill campaign's announcement of her mother's passing was posted by St. Louis Public Radio. "For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest. … While we know she's finally at peace, our family and her friends will all miss her so very much. Her death creates a hole in my life that will never be filled."

* Blunt issued a statement published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I admired Betty McCaskill. She was a fearless advocate for what she believed in."

* It is uncertain as to whether or not McCaskill will continue campaigning from now until election day. Akin plans on making appearances in the Kansas City area Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

* Akin was part of an energy round table in St. Louis on Monday. He called the new ad "baseless" when referring to the pre-Halloween spot. The new video shows women decrying Akin's "legitimate rape" remark claiming the conservative is "scary" and "has no idea how it even works and he wants to legislate about it."

* At the same round table discussion, Akin called for "significant" changes that need to be made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Republican claims the EPA tries to destroy "the coal industry," according to the St. Louis Beacon.

* Akin also spent time with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., who attended the same conference. Both men toured a defense-related company later on Monday, followed by a private fundraising event.

William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.

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