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TheChat: Claire McCaskill takes aim at Rex Sinquefield

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▪ “I don't think (Missourians) realize the extent to which he is putting huge numbers of elected officials 'on his payroll.’” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking about the political influence of Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.

The Democratic senator is engaged in a move to put campaign-finance limits on the 2016 ballot in Missouri. Limits would undermine the clout of the man who just threw $750,000 at Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway. A spokesman for Sinquefield, however, is promising a vigorous fight, saying donating money is protected by the First Amendment. (link courtesy of

▪ “I don’t understand why he’s not here.” — Dedric Doolin, an NAACP board member from Iowa who walked with protestors on the final day of their Ferguson-to-Jeff-City journey, on the absence of Gov. Jay Nixon when the group reached the Statehouse.

Nixon met with the president of the NAACP on Wednesday, but was at Missouri Southern University on Friday when the protestors arrived at the Capitol. The group had spent seven days making the 135-mile trek through rain and cold. “People think it sends a message that he’s not sincere, (but) I don’t know if that’s the case,” Doolin said. Bottom line: The governor should’ve been there. (link courtesy of

▪ “I think he’d beat her.” — former President George W. Bush when asked whether his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, could beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

Bush quipped that given his friendship with former President Bill Clinton, his “brother from another mother,” Hillary Clinton is his sister-in-law. As formidable as she’d be, George W. Bush thinks his brother would win. He also said he had “no clue” what Jeb Bush was thinking about 2016.

▪ “To say she lives and breathes politics is more than an understatement.” — CNN president Jeff Zucker announcing to his staff that veteran newswoman Candy Crowley was leaving the network.

The host of CNN’s “State of the Union” has been with the network for 27 years. Zucker rightly called her a “television news icon.”