JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KMOX) — Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking out for the first time since a 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.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (3)
  1. Chris says:

    The truth comes out and according to McCaskill It is a smear campaign against her, please! She is just another in a long list of corrupt politicians that got caught. I predict the people of Missouri have had enough of Clair and her liberal votes in the senate and this is just another reason to send her packing in 2012. I can’t wait to cast my vote for anybody but Clair!

  2. Randy says:

    Senator McCaskill’s recent defrauding of taxpayers is just another example of the ethically challnged Senator. In 1994, Camden County published a notice to auction McCaskill’s lakeside condo due to her failure to pay taxes on it. McCaskill has dodged numerous questions regarding her family’s off shore tax shelter or the economic gain realized from government subsidized business dealings. Missouri deserves better. 2012 cannot come soon enough.

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