After Losing, Dem Politicians Now Say They Can Be Truthful

McCaskill, Cordray 'freed from constraints' of not being able to say what they really think

Claire McCaskill
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November 8, 2018

Losing Democratic politicians say they can finally tell the truth now that they are "freed from the constraints" of needing the support of their constituents.

"It occurred to me that I am now freed from the constraints of running for or holding public office," said Richard Cordray, failed coup-leader and losing candidate in the Ohio governor's race.

Cordray says now that he does not have to be accountable to voters, he can "speak more naturally" about what he really thinks about issues.

Democrat Claire McCaskill, who also lost Tuesday, was gleeful during her concession speech that she no longer has to be "careful" about what she says about her political positions. She lost to Josh Hawley by more than six points.

"I know my mouth gets me in trouble a lot, right?" McCaskill said. "But believe it or not, I really had to be kind of careful. Not anymore!"

Earlier in the concession speech, she was honest about how she feels about Missouri.

"This state drives me crazy, but I love every corner of it. I really do," she said. "I even love the reddest of the red counties, and there were a lot of them tonight."

McCaskill's closing argument in her campaign was she is not "one of those crazy Democrats."