U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, wrote a letter to Democrats this week to raise money for her daughter’s campaign.
The fundraising email focuses on Rush Limbaugh’s controversial comments about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student who had testified for contraceptive insurance coverage before Congress. Limbaugh called Fluke a prostitute — and worse — on last week’s radio shows. He gave what he called an apology after many of his show’s sponsors pulled their ads.
Limbaugh also called McCaskill a “commie babe liberal.”
In the campaign piece from McCaskill, Betty Ann McCaskill tells prospective donors she is mad about the attacks on women and wants help to counter them.
“Please don’t let the Republicans have their way on this. Don’t let them wage war on women. Show them that we know how to defeat them by making a contribution to Claire’s campaign today,” Betty Anne McCaskill wrote.
Huge numbers of people have criticized Limbaugh for his attacks. Some will criticize McCaskill for using the event to ramp up support and money for her re-election bid.
This kind of issue-driven item comes out in a different form every week, sometimes with Democrats looking to capitalize and other times with Republicans stoking the flames and begging for money.
In this case, Limbaugh might have done more to help McCaskill’s cause than a few weeks of minor campaign events could have done.