GRANT SOWELL: McDaniel fights to restore voting integrity

GRANT SOWELL

GRANT SOWELL

Team Cochran and statewide news media continue posting disinformation about Chris McDaniel even after the runoff. Thad spokesman Jordan Russell says they are moving on from the circus McDaniel created.

To suggest McDaniel started the circus is misleading, considering it was Team Cochran who had a paid staffer arrested for stealing McDaniel signs while also serving as GOP vice-chair of DeSoto County. It’s Team Cochran facing multiple allegations of illegal vote-buying, crossover votes, FEC violations, questionable bank loans and more.

The Daily Journal gave their opinion (July 22) stating that it’s highly irresponsible for Chris McDaniel to claim the election was “stolen” without detailed evidence. However, he is still gathering evidence with a challenge expected soon. They say McDaniel appears determined to continue his righteous crusade sideshow while most Mississippians are ready to move on except for some die-hard McDaniel supporters. What’s irresponsible is to suggest without any basis that most Mississippians are ready to move on. Voter confidence is at an all-time low due to the damaging antics brought to us by the Cochran campaign and the Barbour Machine.

Chism Strategies recently featured a survey on Mississippi GOP Voter Mood Post U.S. Senate Primary Runoff and here is what they found. Ninety percent of McDaniel’s 184,000 supporters want a thorough investigation of potential voter fraud in the GOP primary runoff. Also, more than 10 percent of Cochran supporters agree. That’s no small group of McDaniel die-hards.

The Magnolia Report Poll asked “Should Chris McDaniel concede to Cochran?” No (75 percent, 1,718 votes) Yes (24 percent, 544 votes) I don’t care (1 percent, 28 votes)

The Cochran campaign and Barbour Machine along with other bad actors have been accused of many illegal and unethical activities. When they knew they could not win the majority of conservative Republican votes they went after Democrat votes. The money trail leads us on a troubling path that every Mississippian should know about, especially if they give donations to the GOP. They specifically targeted African-Americans, pandering with a massive effort of race-baiting, fear mongering and lies that went out abroad in handouts, robocalls, newspapers and radio ads, along with buying votes for $15 apiece are among the allegations. The lies suggested McDaniel and supporters were racist and intent on taking everything from African-Americans and even attempting to block them from voting.

It seems to me anyone should understand why Chris McDaniel and his supporters could get the feeling the election was “stolen.” It should also be in Senator Cochran’s best interest to welcome an investigation in an effort to clear his name if indeed all was fair play. Furthermore, election integrity should be everyone’s goal. What honorable benefit will come to future elections if this is just swept under the rug? So next time Haley, Wicker or your local media says what’s wrong with expanding the base you can know it’s spin. McDaniel’s Truth and Justice Tour continues, as it should.

Grant Sowell, of Tupelo, is a leader in the Tea Party. Contact him at homechanges@msn.com.

  • 1941641

    Now, let us look at this comment from the “Mc Daniel Team” in a different perspective, my opinion of how the heading should have been worded, but was not:

    “Team McDaniel Fights to Hide Its Dubious Campaign Integrity”

  • 1941641

    Now, An excerpt from another commenter:

    […] “challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel keeps referring to the June 24 surge of black support for Cochran as “liberal” Democrats, rather than African-Americans, or blacks. Does he do that to counteract the racist taint he has from hobnobbing with neo-Confederate groups and extremist comments he has made on his talk radio show?”

  • TWBDB

    For years, we’ve witnessed how Tea Party members in Congress have crippled Congress’s ability to function. Indeed Tea Party members appear to overtly promote, even celebrate, failure in the very government in which they seek to participate; compromise in their mind is a dirty word, even though finding common ground is essential to good governance in a representative form of government.

    With all the kicking and screaming as this faction does, it should be nicknamed Toddler Politics.

    • chewinmule

      com·pro·mise
      ˈkämprəˌmīz/
      noun
      1.
      an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
      “an ability to listen to two sides in a dispute, and devise a compromise acceptable to both”
      synonyms:agreement, understanding, settlement, terms, deal, trade-off, bargain;More

      verb
      1.
      settle a dispute by mutual concession.
      “in the end we compromised and deferred the issue”
      synonyms:meet each other halfway, come to an understanding, make a deal,make concessions, find a happy medium, strike a balance; More

      2.
      accept standards that are lower than is desirable.
      “we were not prepared to compromise on safety”

      • TWBDB

        Yes, compromise. In politics, that means that the Democrats, the Republicans, the Tea Party, or the Who Gives a Rats Ass Party doesn’t get to have it their way, every day, all the time. In government, you should bring in all sides, find common ground, strive to find a way most accepted ( least hated ) path to the next step. What’s wrong with that?

    • AwakenNow

      DEMOCRATS gained control of the House of Representatives with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in January 2007 through January 2011 and the Senate with Majority Leader Harry Reid from January 2007 (the last 2 years of the Bush administration) until NOW. HARRY REID has BLOCKED ALL Republican Bills and almost ALL Republican Amendments for 7 1/2 YEARS. Vote Out ALL Democrats in Nov. 2014 so Harry Reid can be replaced in Jan. 2015.

      • Lee814

        I agree and if republicans lose this seat, there will be no chance of that!

    • 1941641

      “Tea Pot Toddlers.” That should work just great for these half-wits!

      We will soon see all that evidence they claim of voter fraud etc., wrong doing by Sen. Cochran, vote buying, and so on and so forth printed out in newspapers and internet news organizations all over America. Be prepared o’ ye piousTea Pots. Soon, will come the day when we Cochran supporters can all mark our calendars in rememberance of the Mc Daniel Camp all down on their knees biting the dust in shame and despair for the blatant lies and false innuendo they created for nothing but a bad reputation to follow them forever and ever!

  • wildrebel

    Of course the Barbours want to end this quick. Every day their lies about the McDaniel campaign are being exposed (i.e. lack of money, racism, no evidence of fraud). Every day Thad and Haleys illegal, immoral and dirty lies are coming to light. I think if Thad knew what was going on he would concede. The people of Mississippi want to know the truth about this election. At the current status quo, Thad will be humiliated in the general election.

    • TWBDB

      Why should anyone believe any politician’s support group’s character assassination over another ? Why should MS residents expect any better effort to communicate effectively with co-workers in Congress, many of whom are Democrats, when efforts to communicate with Democrats are characterized as they have been in this election ?

      • wildrebel

        You have to become informed first. The Barbours used character assassination earlier in the campaign, (i.e. the courthouse non issue, the blogger who took the pix of Rose, and a donor who had once defended a racist). No real connection to Mcdaniel. Now we are seeing actual illegal activities, and immoral and plain ole dirty politics being identified. All on the Cochran/Barbour camp. So my advice to you and everyone else, if you care about the truth, is to become informed.

        • TWBDB

          Understood, we can only decide for ourselves based on the information available and the handling of a questionable situation by both the accused and the accusers. Three McDaniel supporters, certainly of their status in political activism, ‘locked’ in a high-profile voting precinct after hours the night of the first election, certainly doesn’t qualify as a ‘non-issue’. I’m certain you’d feel the same way if it had been a group of Cochran supporters.

          To the pics of MS Cochran in a nursing home, I agree, no one can control the activities of others outside their own direct line of authority and even then it can be problematic. Politicians and their supporters would do well to bear this in mind when casting doubt and blame: this applies to everyone, the Tea Party is not immune to this guideline. The nursing home pictures are especially disgusting. Compare this to the concepts of reaching across the political aisle to solicit votes, a legal activity and in my opinion completely acceptable, hell McDaniel did it himself in past elections. Compare this to exaggerating your opponents policy statements, past record, etc. to discredit them in the voter’s mind (something every political party does. And finally, compare this to to offering assistance in getting to the polls. In my neighborhood, candidates circle around in a van to round up potential voters who might otherwise stay at home. It’s a voting event.

          Are any of these activities ethical, moral, etc. ? Perhaps not, perhaps this is up to perception and individual opinion. Can you gin up your opponents activities to make them worse ? Yep, done everyday.

          So, being informed informed is one thing. The source of information is another and the gravity of those sins quite another.

          My guess here, the GOP establishment is growing weary of the problem child known as the Tea Party. Cochran, and other long-standing politicians have already made their bed, Cochran can be proud of his service to the State of MS, they often take one for the team on their way out. Maybe that’s what Cochran did, maybe the establishment knows very well how to play the game, but yo’ boy is asking to join that game remember.

          • AwakenNow

            (1) The people found locked in the Courthouse were investigated and CLEARED; (2) the people who photographed Cochran’s wife at the nursing home were investigated and ARRESTED; (3) the people who voted in the Democratic Primary then illegally voted in the Republican Run-Off should be investigated; (4) the poll workers who allowed people who voted in the Democratic Primary to illegally vote in the Republican Run-Off should be investigated; and (5) the people who may have violated FEC rules and regulations should be investigated. If anyone is found to have violated election laws, rules or regulations, they too should be arrested and prosecuted.

          • TWBDB

            I understand the 3 in the courthouse were ‘cleared': but I submit to you again, if these 3 were Cochran supporters, how would you feel about it ? I also understand the people videotaping and violating a senior’s dignity in the privacy of her assisted living facility were arrested: should we also investigate those in charge of the facility? We’re still awaiting the evidence of those alleged to have violated FEC rules and to be fair, there should also be an investigation to assure no alteration of those poll books, etc. were done to falsify or invalidate evidence. Neither political arm of the GOP should be given preferential treatment.

            What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty ?

          • AwakenNow

            Everyone is presumed Innocent until Proven guilty. We will eventually see what comes from the investigation. There is a difference between nursing home workers and Election Judges and Clerks. Elections Judges and Clerks usually perform their duties under oath — “I swear or affirm that I will not in any manner request or seek to persuade or induce any voter to vote for or against any candidate or measure to be voted on, and that I will faithfully perform my duty as officer of the election and guard the purity of the election.”

          • TWBDB

            Respectfully, my priorities are perhaps biased in this regard. I personally find the wonderful work performed ( or negligence ) in the case of a nursing home worker to carry far more weight than a poll worker or elections judge. Those entering the polling place should be of sound mind upon entering and able to make decisions; have the ability to protect themselves if you will. The patient in an assisted living facility is on the best day far more vulnerable.

            Perhaps this is another area where priorities have gone askew. Amazing.

          • AwakenNow

            Perhaps you may want to contact a nursing home to learn the duties and responsibilities of nurses and workers at the nursing home. That is why most nursing homes provide security guards or nurses and workers are required to call police in cases of intruders.

          • TWBDB

            ENOUGH !! I’M SICK OF IT !!

            You Tea Party idiots love nothing more than to puff yourselves up with your own self-righteousness and empty platitudes of patriotism, morality, and indignation. I never said squat about arresting or prosecuting anyone: that’s your own damn rhetoric. I do hold the, with little exception, wonderful people who graciously spend their time dedicated to caring for the elderly in way more esteem than a friggin’ election judge or poll worker ( no offense ). What’s STUPID is you all sit there in your pool of self-righteous indignation judging others while your own choice media outlets fill your heads with crap. Do you realize just how STUPID these pundits you are so endeared to must think you really are? Do you not realize that a Tea Party leader thought you would be inspired by a video of an old woman sitting pitifully in a nursing home juxtiposed to an image of her husband having dinner with his secretary? Are you really that naive’ ? Are you so blind that you can’t see Beck, Hannity, Palin, getting rich off of your indignation?

            No, I don’t fail to understand the concept of Duties and Responsibilities: I – also don’t fail to understand the concept of Reason, Fairness, Growth, Prosperity, Patriotism, Honesty, Love, Kindness – – – YOU DON’T OWN THOSE CONCEPTS SO STOP PRETENDING YOU DO !!

          • wildrebel

            TWEB. Your problem is that you can’t tell the truth and you can’t stand to hear the truth. You can not come up with any actions by Chris or his staff that is illegal or immoral that would affect his character. I did not insult you, just told the truth. You are simply a waste of time, with no sustance, only liberal bias and rhetoric

          • TWBDB

            ENOUGH!! I didn’t accuse McDaniel of anything illegal or immoral. I’m not interested in wasting time trying to dig up minutia about Chris McDaniel to prove something I haven’t accused him of doing or could give a rat’s ass about. I can’t stand the Tea Party and it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with Chris McDaniel. Everything you’ve posted, wildrebel, is pretty much the epitome of why I feel the way I do about it. I’m a grown man, well educated, with a heck of a lot of life experience under my belt. I neither need or expect you or any political organization to “tell me the truth” and I certainly don’t put any credibility in your opinion of me.

            I’ve tried to be civil to you. I’ve tried to challenge your arguments intellectually but as typical of the Tea Party, neither of those things is anything of interest to you. So fine. Piss off.

          • wildrebel

            Finally the truth from TWEB. You hate the Tea Party and has nothing to do with Chris. You could have looked but their is no dirt on Chris. So why do you hate the tea party. BTW I am not in the tea party. Is it their stand on traditional marriage ect. Also, not to be unkind but you never challenge anything intellectually. Just liberal jabber. Stay classy my friend

          • TWBDB

            What part of ” I neither need or expect you or any political organization to “tell me the truth” and I certainly don’t put any credibility in your opinion of me” don’t you understand ? I’ll be happy to elaborate.

            I will also answer your two questions honestly. They are: “So why do you hate the Tea Party? and Is it their stand on traditional marriage etc ? ”

            I believe in traditional marriage: I also happen to believe in and am a proud participant in Marriage Equality. I respect this difference of opinion and many of the reasons behind it. I’ve voted for many people who wouldn’t stand up for gay people, many people with whom I do not agree on this issue. So, NO, it is NOT their stand on traditional marriage.

            “So why do you hate the Tea Party?” All my life, I’ve heard bullies demean good people because they wouldn’t join in the taunting of others for their difference: “you’re a nigger lover”, “you must be queer yourself” , “you’re no Christian”, etc. I’m reminded of these times when I’m confronted by the Tea Party directly, or when I discuss Tea Party politics with people online. Indignant, self-righteous mean spirited bullies parading themselves as upstanding icons of morality and justice, attacking anyone who challenges their statements as if they were deities spewing gospel. That’s been my experience so why wouldn’t I hate the Tea Party. Chris McDaniel is the Tea Party challenger: that’s his choice and his cross to bear, not mine.

            Clear enough for you?

          • wildrebel

            TWBED. You continue to make uninformed statements. You either refuse to admit the the truth or you are simply ignorant Since you can’t vote in MS and no one cares what you think I am not going to waste time trying to educate you

          • TWBDB

            Oh OK. i see. No surprise here. I don’t fall to my knees in awe of your alleged ‘truth’ so you resort to the usual Tea Party behavior of attempting to insult me. No problem. Never mind that I’m a MS native, own property there, most all of my family and friends live there. Who cares right ? I do. I care about my family and friends. I care about my country. And I care about the damage the Tea Party is doing to our system of governance. I can deal with the expected fallacies of the average politician but Bully Toddler Politics is too much for me.

            You’re problem, as I’ve pointed out before, is that you’re no more credible than anyone else. We’re all grown reasonably intelligent people who can read and make our own decisions. We don’t need the Tea Party to educate us.

  • Barryjohn7714

    Really well said Mr Sowell. The haters and political bigots will always let you know who they fear by the volume of their hate speech. I think the circus began when the Barbour pro Cochran PAC paid $60,000 to the Hinds Co. GOP chairman or maybe when the NRSC, National Republican Senate Committee, paid a Democrat PAC to run ads trying to link McDaniel to the KKK. Truly these are the actions of clowns.

    • 1941641

      “link McDaniel to the KKK.”

      That’s already been done! The people who did the linking were not clowns, by the way!

  • Lee814

    Mr. Sowell, you were recently quoted as saying that you had no intention of voting for Cochran in the general election. If that is the case, then you voted illegally in the primary.

    • AwakenNow

      Nonsense. Mr. Sowell can not to vote at all in the Senate race or vote for any candidate appearing on the Nov. General election ballot.

      • Lee814

        The law states that the voter must intend to vote for that party’s candidate in the general election. Apparently he never had any intention to vote for Cochran in November if Cochran were to win (which he did) the primary. That means he voted illegally in the primary. Those in the Tea Party were making a big issue early on about those who were “democrats” and voted in this primary. They said these people voted illegally because they had no intention of supporting the republican nominee. Yet, Mr. Sowell was essentially doing the same thing.

        • TryJesus

          So do you want the 40,000 crossover votes counted or not. If not, and Cochran had acted with integrity as should be assumed, then it is right that one should intend to support the parties candidate. But on the other hand if you intend to win the primary runoff election with duplicitous actions then you should not expect anything to the contrary from your opponent, which is not necessarily the case. Is it against the rule or isn’t it? You seemed to have answered this question before you consider it. Or is it just a belligerent attempt to to ignore the truth? Or, As with TWBDB’s comments above, should it be assumed that people are going to play dirty in politics, lying and race bating, and that it is OK? What are the rules that are acceptable to you? As a matter of the party I want to associate with, I would stand for integrity as is the case here by Mr. Sowell. Both candidates were Republican. Mcdaniel more so than Cochran if you read up on the Republicans stated positions. Great Article.

          • Lee814

            The law about intent is ambiguous and unenforceable. I guess, that is, unless you make a statement like Mr. Sowell did clearly showing your intent. The “crossover” votes should be counted because Mississippi law in place at the time of the election allows it. There is no party registration, so really these votes were not really even crossover votes. Under the current system, the only way to consider one as crossing over is to show that they voted in both party primaries in the same election cycle. McDaniel has shown no real evidence that this occurred on a grand scale. He has only thrown out some wild numbers, while expecting everyone to simply believe those numbers. He bemoans the thought that so-called “democrats” decided this election. That may or may not have some truth to it. However, because there is no party registration you cannot simply throw out some wild number and say these are democratic voters. If they did not vote democratic on June 3, then they can vote in the republican runoff. I vote 99% of the time as a republican, although I have voted in local democratic primaries if there was someone I knew well. McDaniel seems to want to change the law after the fact. All candidates know the law going into an election. Each candidate can seek to attract new voters. If you don’t like the law, then seek to get it changed for future elections. But until you can show some hard evidence that people voted illegally, quit throwing out wild numbers and expect it to be taken as fact.

    • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBG9zqKlqSMeoGWk8Sabog iizthatiiz

      No one would argue that anyone should be compelled to support the winner of a fraudulent election … except perhaps some Cochran supporters.

      • Lee814

        What independent authority has given evidence that this election was fraudulent? What judge has ruled this election was fraudulent?
        The only accusations are coming from McDaniel and his supporters, who throw out these wild claims and expect it to be taken as fact. I am not a huge Cochran supporter. I don’t agree with all his policies. I would have rather seen someone like Hoseman run. But I do want Reid out as Majority leader and I will be voting for Cochran in November. Had McDaniel won the primary, I would have voted for him. However, because of all his antics, I will not vote for him in a future primary election. I am tired of all the rhetoric coming from McDaniel. His facebook page posts several articles a day trying to keep his people angry and stirred up. If he has the evidence, then file the appeal and quit trying to make headlines every day. If, as he says, he has evidence that over 8,000 voted in both primaries (as true crossovers), then take your evidence to court. If it is proven in court, then a new election should be ordered. However, until it is proven in court, stop calling it a fraudulent election!

  • Ann Gruner

    great article, Grant….

  • Lee814

    I am a strong Christian Conservative. I vote in most republican primaries. I am not a fan of the Tea Party, even though I have similar political ideology. The Tea Party seems to take a my way or NO way approach. The government shutdown was caused by a few Tea Party representatives who refused to compromise in any way. The shutdown accomplished absolutely nothing! Unless you control the House, Senate, and White House you must be willing to work with others. Those other members of congress were elected by the people in their districts as well.

    • AwakenNow

      Tell that to HARRY REID who has BLOCKED ALL Republican Bills and almost ALL Republican Amendments for 7 1/2 YEARS the same way Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi passed Obamacare with NOT 1 Republican vote and holding up Scott Brown’s swearing-in to make sure it passed.

      • Lee814

        I agree with you. I despise Obamacare. I want to see Harry Reid as Senate Minority Leader. The longer this drags on, the greater chance the democrats have of picking up this seat. There are many Tea Party members who refuse to vote for Cochran. If Cochran loses, Harry Reid will be the Majority leader once again.

      • 1941641

        Your comment is proof of your astounding Ignorance of the facts. You are really pathetic! AwakenNow before a maggot swallows you! Or something even worse.