McDaniel: Republican leaders ‘betrayed’ conservatives

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com State Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters Friday night at the Summit in Tupelo during his "Truth and Justice Tour" throughout the state.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks to supporters Friday night at the Summit in Tupelo during his “Truth and Justice Tour” throughout the state.

By M. Scott Morris

Daily Journal

TUPELO – State Sen. Chris McDaniel and some 65 supporters shared a sense of outrage during Friday’s meeting at the Summit.

It was part of McDaniel’s “Truth and Justice Tour” that began in Olive Branch on Thursday and continues into next week.

“The conservative movement in this state feels betrayed,” McDaniel said.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com State Sen. Chris McDaniel shakes hands with a supporter as he is welcomed at the Summit on Friday night during his "Truth and Justice Tour" throughout the state.

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel shakes hands with a supporter as he is welcomed at the Summit on Friday night during his “Truth and Justice Tour” throughout the state.

He received more votes than U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 3 election, but not enough to avoid a runoff. Cochran won that June 24 runoff, helped in part by appealing to traditionally Democratic voters.

McDaniel said Friday his campaign recruited 30,000 more Republican votes between the primary and the runoff.

“My opponent added 40,000 Democrats to his total, a Republican record,” McDaniel said.

He said Cochran’s campaign hired democratic operatives and used race-baiting phone messages to get black votes.

“By extension, they said all of you were racists, which is not true,” he told the crowd, many of whom had blue McDaniel signs. “It is not race we see; it is principles we see.”

Jordan Russell, Cochran’s spokesman, told The Associated Press outreach to African-Americans was based on relationships the senator developed over four decades of service.

“If Chris McDaniel had asked African-Americans to vote for him rather than complaining about them participating in the process, he might have won the election,” Russell said.

McDaniel said his campaign’s investigation into the election has resulted in “more than 10,000 irregularities,” and his team still hasn’t been granted access to the voting records of 22 counties.

He said he’s committed to carrying on his investigation and considering filing a legal challenge, no matter what Mississippi Republican Party leaders would prefer.

“Let me tell them something: Justice has no time table,” he said, and several in the audience responded with “Amen.”

Santo Arico, 76, drove from Oxford to attend the gathering. He’s campaigned for other Republicans in the past, but he’s not sure how he will vote in November.

“With what the party leaders did with this election, they crushed the will of hard-working conservatives in the state,” Arico said.

Starkville resident Mary Cole, 72, said she fears for the country’s direction and believes McDaniel is the man to help turn things around.

“I’ve been a Republican all my life, but today, because of what happened, I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Libertarian and I’m not a Republican,” Cole said.

McDaniel spent nearly an hour and half at the Summit, and much of that was for questions and answers. He’ll be in Jackson today, followed by stops in D’Iberville on Monday and Hattiesburg on Tuesday.

“Conservatives, we are just getting started,” McDaniel said. “This will not be my last trip to Tupelo.”

scott.morris@journalinc.com

  • FrereJocques

    Chris McDaniel lost the election fair and square. By his own admission, nothing illegal was done, and as far as “morality” is concerned, Thad Cochran did NOTHING more immoral than appeal to voters to vote their own best interest.

    And Mr. McDaniel, when you diss black people for voting in their own best interest, you ARE racist. This isn’t based just on what you are saying and doing now; your past history speaks even louder. And I’ll let everyone else who reads this decide for themselves what that makes all of your followers.

    Your current actions go against everything you say you believe in, which is wasting Government money and resources. You will NOT successfully challenge the last election–the numbers just are not there.

    Quit deceiving yourself AND your followers; be a man and admit you are wrong, then pack it up and go home.

    • madgrandma

      Where I come from, “morality” means you don’t go across the street with your lies and dirt and try to “entice” the other side… Those voters were PAID off… Purchased! I hope Brother Jacques has the opportunity to taste his “just desserts”. They were very expensive and they still taste like crap.

      • 1941641

        “Morality” also means you don’t send Tea Pot hoodlums into a disabled elderly woman’s nursing home room to take pictures of her incognito style. If there is a God up there in the clouds, He will not allow McDaniel and his followers their much- sought-after victory in This “Immoral” Tea Pot campaign! So sayeth the Lord!! Amen.

        • AwakenNow

          You must be employed and paid by the Cochran Campaign. The people involved in the nursing home tresspassing and photographing Cochran’s wife have all been CHARGED.
          Where is the outrage at the voter fraud, vote buying, vote harvesting, campaign corruption, and rigged elections that affects every Mississippi voter?

          • FrereJocques

            WHAT voter fraud? WHAT vote buying? WHAT vote harvesting (and just what IS “Vote Harvesting”?) WHAT rigged elections? And the only “campaign corruption” I’VE seen was done my McDaniel. The McDaniel campaign has YET to substantiate ANY of these charges publicly. PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

          • madgrandma

            That is always the cry.. “What voter fraud?”… better hang on to your hat brother… You will get your comeuppance!

          • sp

            Agreed.
            _________________________
            Regarding “vote harvesting”, I heard it originally on the infamous Barbour conference call which was hijacked by an anonymous caller who used the term.

          • AwakenNow

            “Vote Harvesting” — “We did our work right after the 2012 primaries when we started seeing the numbers of mail-ins were disproportionate. We found that what they did, when we interviewed the voters, was they requested applications on behalf of the voter without the voter’s request. They came and took the ballots and carried envelopes from the voter many times before the voter filled out the ballot, they took the ballot and mailed it themselves and that’s against the law.” Since links not permitted – search “Six women arrested on voter fraud charges” from KVEO dot com UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 – 8:37am

          • sp

            Very interesting story. Thank you for the link. =)

          • FrereJocques

            This occurred in Cameron County, TEXAS, and has nothing to do with our election in MS. Are you alleging that this happened here? Again: PROOF!

            Why do you even post this drivel?

          • AwakenNow

            Cameron County, TX case provides definition/example of “Vote Harvesting.” Continuing MS investigation will provide PROOF/evidence, if found. Cameron County investigation took 2 years from the election until the 6 women were arrested

          • 1941641

            OH! Now, I get it. The Cameron Texas case reference happened in 2012! Well, then that just proves that the Mc Daniel Campaign is an utter lie and fraud and who will be forced to pay for this fraud? The citizens of Mississippi?

            Maybe it’s high time for the citizens of Mississippi to present their own law suit if that’s what it takes for Real Justice to prevail in this fraudulent Tea Pot inspired, god awful, scheme where some MS tax payers are likely to be held responsible for picking up the bill!

            In spite of it all, the Sh** seems to get deeper and deeper and the flies get more and more, and bigger,too!

          • madgrandma

            the “drivel” is yours… better get a cup and catch it because it’s running down your shirt!

          • 1941641

            They post this drivel because they are desperate to cover up what has previously transpired in their wake. ie. that garbage they don’t want anyone to know but seems to have leaked out from strange places and now haunts them like a walking-talking Halloween Ghost!

          • madgrandma

            True the Vote… Ms. Engelbrecht… They do a fabulous job and the truth will be known, no matter how much the ‘good ol’ boys’ cover up…

          • 1941641

            To Madgrandma: “A fabulous job” creating a complete and total farce for public/political consumption!

          • 1941641

            You must still be asleep now. My post was about Morality that the Madgrandma mentioned “Where I come from, “morality” means you don’t go across the street with your lies and dirt and try to “entice” the other side..”
            They have been charged. When is the Pious Mc Daniel due to be charged? Can you give me an answer on that Wake-up Call Tea Pot? I’m saying don’t question “morality” on the Cochran side until you confess to the morality of your own actions. You Wake-up Call Tea Pot must be employed by the Mc Daniel thug ridden elderly abusers crowd! Get busy and find out where all the voter fraud, campaign corruption and rigged elections come from and make a citizens arrest on all those guilty ones for perpetrating these heinous crimes against Mr. Mc Daniel! Your going to be overloaded with Frustration for a long, long time! Get ready!!

          • ladynred

            You talk about “elderly abuse”, so how about the abuse of Thad by Haley and his gang. Thad hardly knows where he is. They lead him around. I’d call that ABUSE. They tell him what to say and where to go. It seems like it’s time for him to go home and rest.

          • 1941641

            I’ve never heard of any abuse of Thad yet to be claimed. Were you just having another Tea Pot pipe dream when you made that comment up?

          • madgrandma

            Like I said… the dirt is ‘underfoot’… where all your ‘pious and pithy’ comments are… The TRUTH always comes out. You better get ready!

          • 1941641

            “pious(in the dirt?) and pithy” comments, Ay. Well, I’ve been waiting for the “Truth” to come out for days now. I got “ready” long ago and I’m still waiting for the truth to take over the incessant TP’ lying/stonewalling!

        • madgrandma

          You aren’t my LORD… that’s for damn sure…

          • Tim

            and with this comment right here madgrandma you show exactly what is wrong with most of the so called conservative christian tea partiers. Quick to take the high road claiming moral superiority while questioning others morals then the minute someone makes you mad you resort to both anger and profanity. I’d think long and hard during church tomorrow if I was you.

          • madgrandma

            ppppfffftttttt….. you didn’t read the insulting comment above. keep the judging. the TRUTH is the point!

          • TWBDB

            This whole argument is childish. Please stop

          • 1941641

            I have made no claim to be your “Lord.” Finding yourself a “Lord” is your problem, Madgrandma!

          • madgrandma

            you better take a look at your blasphemous comment up top sonny…

          • 1941641

            If I was God I wouldn’t even claim to know you, grandma, God Bless Your Soul!

          • madgrandma

            and bless your little BLACK heart…

          • 1941641

            And you aren’t my grandma…thank the Lord Above…

          • madgrandma

            piss off sonny

        • madgrandma

          I don’t have any clue who you seem to think you are… but your “so sayeth the LORD” is as close to blasphemous as I need to get with you!

          • 1941641

            I know who you are Granny! You support a neo confederate for U.S. Senator so it just stands to reason that you ARE very likely a “neo confederate” also!

            Hey, Yall, the south is gonna rise agin!–granny.

          • madgrandma

            You wish you knew… Call me what you will, I’m no “sit back and take it” grandma. TRUTH will prevail against the lying black hearts like yours son. Cheaters NEVER prosper!

      • FrereJocques

        Madgrandma, do you have any PROOF of that? Any testimony? Any pictures? The truth is, you have no evidence AT ALL. Just McDaniel saying so. Come back when you have proof. Sworn testimony. A Grand Jury indictment. Arrest warrants.

        The only “enticement” was for people to vote in their own best interest. And that is not an immoral act.

        • ladynred

          The people who have been out in the trenches looking at the election materials will have your “proof” soon enough. LOL

  • barney fife

    Keep on flapping your jaws, Chris the Loser.
    *

  • TWBDB

    I’m struck by Ms Cole’s statement to party loyalty: she’s officially now an Independent. Could this be the silver lining of this run off ? An electorate forced to consider the candidate rather than the party.

    And wouldn’t 10,000 proven illegal irregular votes be sufficient to force another run off ? Why does McDaniel need more counties to comply with his demands ?

    Lastly, what I see crushing ‘the will of hard-working’ people is this constant value judgement being placed on them over their views on policy. Being liberal, conservative, etc. doesn’t make you a superior person, doesn’t give you special privilege, and doesn’t exempt your political colleagues from scrutiny.

    • Mary Cole

      To clarify my statement, which was an accurate rendering by Mr. Morris (Thank you, Scott!), though only a couple of sentences pulled from many, I am a Constitutional Conservative (and a Christian)…so that greatly LIMITS for whom I will ever cast a vote . My last time to vote for ‘just any’ Republican was in 2012…because everyone suggested ‘vote for the better of two evils.’. Although voting is my right and duty as a citizen and a privilege to be able to give voice to my convictions…by no means will I ever again cast a vote for a Republican whose actions and past voting record is in violation to the platform of the Republican Party. So…what I’m not is…a Democrat, a Libertarian, or a ‘RINO’ Republican.

      • TWBDB

        Thank you for the clarification Mary. I hope you do not take what I’m about to say
        as confrontational. I was encouraged by the quote in the article: dashed hope by your post.

        I’ll start by saying I’m of the firm belief our nation needs reasonable people of all stripes. Constitutional, conservative, Christians are essential to the fabric of society and government. I admire the fortitude required to adhere to the ‘LIMITS’ implied in your statement but I vehemently oppose those ‘LIMITS’ being preferentially institutionalized in our system of government. I do not oppose conservatism or Christianity. The Constitution is for ‘ALL’ US Citizens, not just the Tea Party. I must
        say for people opposed to regulation, the Tea Party attempts to regulate thought, deed, and action, including compromise, more than any other group I’ve seen in my entire life.

  • Barryjohn7714

    I contend that without the thousands of Democrats that voted twice, Cochran would NOT have won. Voting twice is illegal. Corrupt GOP officials allowed people to vote twice. Corrupt GOP officials intentionally violated poll book procedure to avoid evidence of people voting twice. Corrupt GOP officials were paid money from a Cochran PAC which is an unethical conflict and makes the GOP officials that actually conduct the primary beholden to the Cochran PAC. The media may be ignoring this but I’m told the Federal Elections Commission is not. IT is gonna hit the fan soon.

    • 1941641

      Is the “IT” headed for the fan you, by any chance?

    • sp

      The media aren’t ignoring any of this, Barryjohn. Just like the media though, we need to refrain from accusations of mass corruption and illegal behavior when we still have no back up. I’m not talking unethical. I’m talking about having read a scary-huge number of posts on some of these sites that announce one baseless (or at the very least, unproven) indictment after another from McDaniel followers toward virtually every official in the great state of Mississippi.

  • Layla Patch

    Here is my question to mcdaniel: do you plan to commit voter fraud in November? According to Chris Mcdaniel himself, he keeps stating the election law 23-15-575.
    Universal Citation: MS Code § 23-15-575 (2013)
    No person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in the primary in which he participates.
    Mcdaniel voted in the republican primary & run-off, now according to that law he must vote for the republican nominee, which is Senator Cochran, in November. If he doesn’t, then he will be committing voter fraud, according to that law! Please remember that Chris Mcdaniel is the chairman of the election committee in the MS state senate.
    Mcdaniel keeps saying there was voter fraud in the June 24 run-off, and I agree that anyone that voted in the June 3rd democratic primary and then voted in the June 24 republican run-off is illegal. According to Cochran’s campaign, with 79 out of 82 counties reviewed there were less than 1000 illegal crossover votes. That is less than 1% of the votes cast and well in the margin for any election. According to Mcdaniel the number of votes keeps going up by a thousand everyday even when they haven’t looked at more counties. At this point, Mcdaniel has shown no proof of voter fraud!

    • FrereJocques

      McDaniel and his people keep pulling numbers out of thin air. THAT is what is going to hit the fan when they finish the counting, and then have to explain to their followers how they were so wrong. At that point, many of his constituents will recognize him for the fraudster that he is, and his fanatics will simply refuse to see the obvious and continue to believe in him anyways. There’s nothing you can do to convince people like that. They don’t live in reality. They live in the fantasy world.

      • newsentinelreport

        You, Jocques, are the one who is living in a fantasy world. Do you seriosly think what happened in the Mississippi senate primary and runoff race is staying in Mississippi? The GOP establishment is trying to keep the American people from knowing about it, but despite their best efforts, Americans across the country know and are following events. Something’s already hitting the fan and it’s what the MS GOP and the Haley Barbour machine did to get votes for a senile old man who can’t find his way around the Capitol building anymore. Honest people who care about the integrity of our election system are paying close attention. What happened in Mississippi is not staying in Mississipi and it won’t end in Mississippi either.

        • TWBDB

          Ridiculous. This story was all over the news networks, including the Republican darling Fox News. Those who watched and listened heard it: those who care remember it. And part of what they remember are comments like ‘senile old man’ coming from McDaniel supporters.

      • ladynred

        Well, I’m one who has gone to courthouses. Don’t tell me about pulling numbers out of thin air. You’ll see soon enough.

        • 1941641

          “soon enough” is not good enough because you Tea Pots are stonewalling, waiting on some miracle that ain’t going to happen and never was going to happen. Concerned citizens of Mississippi want the facts you Claim to have NOW! Leave the lies behind, we have already heard them!

        • madgrandma

          amen!

        • FrereJocques

          Still waiting. Even the newspaper editor has had enough, and says in today’s edition to put up or shut up.

          And what data that HAS been seen does not BEGIN to support McDaniel’s position. You TeePee-ers are being played for fools. McDaniel is using you as cannon fodder, hoping that the bigger lie will somehow make a difference in the end. I hope you’re not giving him your money, or if you are, I hope you stand in line to get your money back when he admits he’s wrong.

  • ladynred

    I can’t believe some of the people on here that CONDONE election fraud. Just because Chris hasn’t presented the EVIDENCE yet, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any. They are getting all the paperwork together and it will be RELEASED when all the counties finally cooperate in letting them look at the poll books. If they don’t have anything to hide in those counties, why are they not allowing access to the books?

    • AwakenNow

      I read Chris McDaniel/True the Vote’s Response that included many Exhibits and Affidafits and was filed with one of the courts yesterday but can’t find the link today. If someone has or can find that link please post it.

      • sp

        I tried to post a link to court documents but it was taken down for some reason. If you do a search for [TTV filings MSGOP, Delbert Hosemann] it should provide you with some hits.

        • AwakenNow

          Got it. 1st hit,Yall politics dot com – 2nd document, 94 pages w/ exhibits and affidavits. Thank you!!!

          • FrereJocques

            Which is one of those wacko websites that purports to have “the dirt” on all things even suspected of being liberal. It has no more credibility than the AFA, which has NONE in my book.

            I’ll wait for a LEGITIMATE news source to investigate and publish the data.

        • FrereJocques

          ISTR that I’ve posted links here before and they came through just fine. Perhaps our most tolerant and long-suffering moderator can clarify this. Are links to other stories/websites allowed?

    • guest

      Just because McDaniel can’t produce evidence to show fraud doesn’t mean there wasn’t fraud? The bad thing is when he doesn’t show enough evidence to overturn this election there will still be folks that will never except the guy got beat by a campaign that legally out smarted his own campaign. McDaniel will always have a core group that will support him but he will never be viable again. He knows this and is using his sheep to set him up for another career.

      • ladynred

        Outsmarted? You’ve got to be kidding me? Lying about someone being racist and basically calling over 185,000 voters who voted for him racist is ridiculous. We support him because he is HONEST and has INTEGRITY–something Haley Barbour and Thad Cochran don’t know the meaning of. If you think this will ruin Chris’ career, you’re dreaming. Just hide and watch!

        • madgrandma

          I can’t wait…

        • guest

          Baaaaaaaaaa.

  • facts

    I will vote for Travis. Dem’s help Rep to will. I’m a Rep who will help a Dem win…. What comes around goes around….

    • sp

      If you voted in the Republican primary and or run-off and decide to vote in the November general election for a Senate candidate, MS law states that you must vote for the winner of the primary in which you voted. It’s an unenforceable law and is, in my opinion unconstitutional, but it is being used by McDaniel even up to his July 18th radio interview when he talked about a lot of those “irregularities” being about “voter intent”. Just sayin’ ;=)

    • guest

      The irony of it all.

  • Guerneville

    Evidence? Evidence? I don’t need no stinking evidence.

  • the_rocket

    Looking at the photos accompanying the McDaniel “Truth and Justice tour” article, is there anyone under 75 years old in attendance? This is the Tea Party?
    To all you sympathizers:
    Show me the money.
    As desperate as McDaniel is, there is NO WAY he’d keep auditing these courthouses if he had any shred of credible evidence. He’d have filed that lawsuit the day after the election if he could have. MS election law does not state that there has to be a certain number of voter irregularities to justify another vote, it only requires evidence of the irregularity.
    SHOW ME THE MONEY.