▪ “There's not ever going to be a time when we don't remember and honor Tom's service to the state, but the election is growing nearer every day, and it's time to get back out on the trail.” — Catherine Hanaway, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, on her decision to return to the campaign trail after a month-long hiatus following the death of former state Auditor Tom Schweich.
The death of Schweich put a cloud over Hanaway’s campaign given her ties to campaign consultants blamed for having angered Schweich in his final days. It’s unclear if Hanaway is out of the woods on that front.
▪ “We haven’t always agreed on everything, but his innate decency, tenacity and integrity will be missed by all who serve with him.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on the impending departure of Democratic leader Harry Reid.
McCaskill was among a small group of Democrats who did not back Reid for minority leader following the 2014 mid-term elections. Seeing ol’ Harry go will probably put a little spring in McCaskill’s step. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “He and Chuck are like brothers. They are so close they talk all the time. There isn’t a thing that they don’t know about each other. It’s hard to explain.” — a confidant of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid talking about the relationship between Reid and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is now expected to succeed Reid.
The two are so close that Reid gave Schumer an early head’s up about his impending retirement, a move that gave Schumer time to begin to organize a campaign for the post. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin was seen as a possible second candidate, but has since withdrawn.
▪ “In a sense the governor and the legislative leaders want it to happen all at once.” — Michael Smith, a professor of political science at Emporia State University, on the passage last week of sweeping abortion and school funding bills in the state Capitol.
Lawmakers want it all to happen at once so that opponents don’t have time to mobilize and fight the changes, Smith said. This is shaping up as a session of major consequence in Topeka.