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Dem Senator Asks HHS to Review Obama Admin’s $443 Million No-Bid Vaccine Contract

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By Doug Powers  •  November 26, 2011 03:05 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting and Oversight, is up for re-election in less than a year. McCaskill’s in a statistical dead heat with a Republican challenger, and riding President Obama’s coattails may well amount to a one-way trip to the unemployment office. As a result, McCaskill could be motivated to create some daylight between her re-election campaign and the administration.

From the Daily Caller:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, has asked The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the Obama administration’s award of a $443 million sole-source contract to a company owned by a major Democratic donor.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the Obama administration has taken unusual steps to procure an experimental smallpox vaccine from a company owned by a major Democratic donor despite concerns from some experts that such a drug was unnecessary and would not be effective.

You mean there are some Democrats in Congress who might not willingly throw themselves on the crony capitalism grenade and sacrifice their political careers for the greater good of the beneficiaries of Hope & Change?

We may see more of this from Senate Dems up for re-election. Here’s why:

In every major race next year featuring a Senate Democratic incumbent, Obama is polling worse than the incumbent — in some cases, by a substantial margin — according to publicly released surveys.

So rather than running for reelection on Obama’s coattails, these Senate Democrats may end up facing questions over whether they can win with the president on the ballot.

If Democrats up for re-election don’t start seeing their odds improving soon, how long will it be until they start calling for Eric Holder to resign, demand a widening of the Solyndra investigation and maybe even place a 3 a.m. phone call to Hillary?

(h/t Red State)

**Written by Doug Powers

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