Ellisville lawmaker considers challenging Cochran

By Emily Wagster Pettus

Associated Press

JACKSON – Two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Tuesday that he’s leaning toward challenging longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary.

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McDaniel told The Associated Press that he was still undecided as of Tuesday evening. He said he will go to his Ellisville home Wednesday, sit in his arbor and pray about it.

“Right now, we’re leaning toward running for U.S. Senate,” he said

McDaniel spoke to AP hours after a consultant issued a news release saying McDaniel would hold a news conference at noon Thursday in Ellisville to discuss “a possible run for higher office.”

McDaniel, 41, said that if he doesn’t run for Senate, he might challenge 4th District U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Republican who unseated conservative Democrat Gene Taylor in 2010. McDaniel said a run for a statewide office in 2015 is also a possibility.

Cochran, who turns 76 in December, is expected to announce late this year whether he’ll seek re-election in 2014.

Cochran served six years in the U.S. House before winning a Senate seat in 1978. He has served as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, bringing billions of federal dollars to Mississippi for Hurricane Katrina recovery and other projects.

Cochran and McDaniel are both attorneys.

McDaniel has been closely allied with tea party conservatives, and the South Mississippi Tea Party, based on the Gulf Coast, said on its website that it would have a bus trip to McDaniel’s event Thursday. Roy Nicholson, chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, sent an email Tuesday urging people to encourage McDaniel to challenge Cochran.

“Let’s show the liberal elites that we here in Mississippi still believe in true American values and we will not tolerate our politicians having allegiance to anyone else than us,” Nicholson wrote.

  • Leighton Miller

    i’ll vote for him over palazzo

  • NEMSDOC

    36 years in the Senate not to mention 6 years in the House is about is about 34 years too many for anyone to be in Congress. Time for someone new.

  • Thile

    “Let’s show the liberal elites that we here in Mississippi still believe in true American values and we will not tolerate our politicians having allegiance to anyone else than us,” Nicholson wrote.

    Quite the statement from a group currently responsible for trying to destroy the world’s economy at the will of their Citizen’s United masters. And what “Mississippi values” are they wanting upheld?

  • Guest Person

    Anyone who votes for a Tea Party Republican again needs to have their head examined. If the current debt crisis cannot show you their insane ideology and lack of understanding of basic goverment duties then there is no hope for you.
    We should have known when they screamed “Keep the goverment away from our Medicare”.

  • 1941641

    Mc Daniel:

    “McDaniel told The Associated Press that he was still undecided as of Tuesday evening. He said he will go to his Ellisville home Wednesday, sit in his arbor and pray about it.

    Right now, we’re leaning toward running for U.S. Senate,’ he said”

    Tea Party: A new brand of Religious Fanaticism entrenching itself in Mississippi.

    If the people of Mississippi elect this Tea Party Extortionist/Extremist to the U.S. Senate, they will be deserving of all they get in return for it! Current events in our country are all that are needed as proof of my comment.

    • Pragmatic

      So trying to rein in the $65 billion/month shortfall between monthly tax collections and spending is a bad idea?

      • Guest Person

        It is not a bad idea to rein in spending – it is however a INSANE idea to do it by threating to ruin the full faith and credit of the US and tanking the ecconomy.

  • FrereJocques

    ” He said he will go to his Ellisville home Wednesday, sit in his arbor and pray about it.”

    And if there truly is a just and caring God, He will reply, “Dude, you need to retire from politics and move to a temple in Tibet.”

  • the_rocket

    “McDaniel told The Associated Press that he was still undecided as of
    Tuesday evening. He said he will go to his Ellisville home Wednesday,
    sit in his arbor and pray about it”
    He’s already clicked off one of the “3 Golden Requirements for MS Election” with this beauty.
    Can I get a “Guns are good, abortions are evil” to complete the trio?