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 firstname.lastname@example.org.