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McCaskill Admits Owing Back Property Taxes On Plane

(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

March 21, 2011

Already under attack from Republicans for using taxpayer dollars to pay for travel on the plane she and her husband partially own, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) revealed Monday afternoon she had not paid over $287,000 in personal property taxes on the aircraft.

"I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane," said McCaskill on a conference call with reporters. "He has hired a broker and I can tell you I will not be setting foot on the plane ever again."

McCaskill said she had just discovered that the personal property taxes on the plane had not been paid from 2007-2010, and that she was going to send the checks to St. Louis County today. "I have learned that Missouri is one of a minority of states that require personal property taxes to be paid on airplanes that are hangered in the state, and that those taxes are due to the county," she said.

"There are people I could blame for this but I know better," McCaskill added. "I take full responsibility for the mistake."

Following the call, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a video highlighting McCaskill saying "If my walk doesn't match my talk, shame on me and don't ever vote for me again."

And this morning, the Missouri Republican Party ran a full-page ad in the Springfield News-Leader, calling on McCaskill to release tax records related to her partial ownership of the airplane.

Both of McCaskill's declared opponents, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) and former congressional candidate Ed Martin (R), have capitalized on the plane controversy, with Martin creating a website,, to raise money and hit McCaskill over the incident.

Sean Sullivan contributed to this post.

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