Happy to be Labeled a Liberal or Conservative

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s representatives in Washington, D.C., are touting some recent political rankings — but for some rather different reasons.

Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay of St. Louis, is happy that he was ranked as the most liberal lawmaker in the House by a recent report in the National Journal.

Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, of rural central Missouri, is lauding his distinction as Missouri’s most conservative representative.

And Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is touting that fact that she ranked smack dab in the middle of the liberal-to-conservative scale.

The reactions to the rankings highlight Missouri’s political diversity heading into the 2012 elections. The rankings also illustrate how candidates can stress more stringent viewpoints when running for the House, than when for the Senate.

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