McCaskill endorses Slay's re-election bid at Sisters4Slay event
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is endorsing St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s re-election tonight via video, sealing his support from all of Missouri’s statewide Democrats.
McCaskill, D-Mo., is the last of the five statewide Democrats to endorse Slay’s bid for an unprecedented fourth four-year term. Gov. Jay Nixon jumped aboard about a week ago.
McCaskill’s support is being unveiled at a Sisters4Slay event tonight, which is to feature several of the mayor’s sisters. Other prominent area women, including civil rights activist Frankie Freeman, are to be featured. New state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, is the emcee.
Slay’s chief opponent in the March 5 primary is Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, who trails in money as well as big-name supporters. Reed maintains that he can win, regardless, because of what his campaign contends is public disenchantment with the mayor.
Slay’s support among top Democrats is unusually solid, including St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, who already has been featured in a promotional video for the mayor.
Slay’s aim, in part, is to highlight his broad base of alliances with other influential Democrats, such as Nixon and McCaskill, who are in positions in which their clout can help St. Louis.