McCaskill represents state at Cardinals' home opener

2014-04-07T17:15:00Z McCaskill represents state at Cardinals' home openerBy Joe Holleman jholleman@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8254 stltoday.com

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., figured Monday that she was most needed at the St. Louis Cardinals home opener, so she opted to skip a vote in the U.S. Senate.

"We're voting on (extending) unemployment insurance, but I checked to make sure we had enough votes to pass it," said McCaskill, who has been a solid regular at Cardinal games over the years.

On Monday, she was at the contest against the Cincinnati Reds with her husband, Joseph Shepard, and friends Barry Cervantes and Rick DiStefane.

"If I thought they in any way needed my vote ... But they don't, so I figured the people of the state would understand."

McCaskill explained that before the game, she was giving MSNBC "Morning Joe" show host Mike Barnicle a tour around the winning confines of Busch Stadium.

"You know, he's a big Boston fan, so I thought I'd help him out."

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