JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time since a politico.com article showed that she had billed taxpayers for flights made on a private plane co-owned by her husband.
“I think the most important thing is that I acknowledge the mistake and apologize,” McCaskill told KMOX news.
McCaskill has sent an $88,000 reimbursement check to the U.S. Treasury to cover the flight costs. McCaskill’s staff says all but one of the flights were within senate rules. She has admitted that the one flight was purely political. She says she won’t make excuses saying it is totally her responsibility and she is embarrassed.
But that hasn’t stopped the Missouri GOP from filing an ethics complaint against the senior senator.
McCaskill says the complaint is an attempt to twist and distort public opinion ahead of the 2012 election. But she says she is glad to see transparency in government, even when it points out her errors.
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