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Eager seller, no buyer yet for McCaskill’s plane

By   /   May 3, 2011  /   1 Comment

More than a month after revealing she failed to pay personal property taxes for four years on her airplane and declaring she convinced her husband to “sell the damn plane,” Sen. Claire McCaskill has yet to find a buyer.

Sen. Claire McCaskill

The Pilatus Turbo Prop aircraft is still on the market, Trevor Kincaid, the new communications director for the Missouri senator’s office, confirmed on Tuesday.

“It’s on the market and has an eager seller, but no takers yet,” Kincaid told Missouri Watchdog.

McCaskill paid nearly $320,000 worth of back taxes, interest, penalties and fees for the plane in March.

A spokesperson, who no longer works in the senator’s office, said in April a broker had been hired to sell the airplane, adding McCaskill has honored her pledge to not set foot on the plane again.

Reelection prospects

The failure to pay personal property taxes on the plane has not hurt the reelection prospects of McCaskill, according to a new poll. But the Democrat is still considered to be “one of the most vulnerable incumbents.”

McCaskill leads Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican who is widely expected to enter the Senate race, by 46 to 45 percent, the same margin as in March, according to the survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling.

The senator’s approval rating is still 46 percent, according to PPP, which conducts polls mostly for Democrats.

PPP surveyed 555 voters from April 28 to May 1. The poll’s margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.9 percent

“This race continues to look like a toss up,” said Dan Debnam, PPP president, in a statement. “But for McCaskill that almost counts as good news, given how much bad publicity she’s had since we last polled the state.”

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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  • Jennifer

    isn’t it time to let this one sit? why are you reporting on it again? i’m not pro or anti clair – i sell to the government so i keep my political opinions to myself. but she sure seems to be a target of yours. i would imagine it would take longer than a month to sell a plane in today’s economy.

    give it a break. i’ve been following you for a few months now & it seems that all that is reported is either about clair, or a report that is somehow incorrect (ie: the salaries). i was under the impression that MO Watchdog was niether d or r? seems i’m wrong.