Tea party leader: State’s GOP chair should resign



By Emily Wagster Pettus

Associated Press

JACKSON – The president of the Mississippi Tea Party is calling on state Republican chairman Joe Nosef to either remain neutral in the Republican U.S. Senate primary or step down.

In a statement Monday, tea party leader Laura Van Overschelde says she thinks Nosef is favoring incumbent Thad Cochran over challenger Chris McDaniel.

Nosef says he’s not playing favorites before the June 3 primary. He says he has worked “relentlessly” to against efforts to divide the Republican Party.

Nosef says he believes there’s no consensus among tea party supporters for what Van Overschelde is saying.

Van Overschelde is supporting McDaniel, who says Cochran has contributed to the federal debt.

Cochran was elected to the Senate in 1978 after six years in the House. He is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman.

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  • countrydawg

    Looks like the state GOP is discovering is getting a taste of what’s happening at the federal level. Interesting enough, it appears no one has sought out congressman Copy ‘n Paste–also a tea party fave–who endorsed Cochran in the DJ a few weeks ago. I’d love to hear what his handlers have to say about these developments.

    It was all fun times when the establishment GOP manipulated and used the tea potty rubes to get control of congress in 2010 and the state house in 2011. Now they’ve discovered that these clowns can’t govern and are toxic to their brand (look at the gump the teahadists trotted out to primary Cochran) and can’t get rid of them. Kind of like contracting an STD. Or scabies.