TIM WILDMON: Cochran’s victory rests on allegedly unethical behavior

TIM WILDMON

TIM WILDMON

What if you had a church split on an issue and it was 50/50. A date was set for a vote so a decision could be made between your opinion and the opinion of another church leader. When you got to the church for discussion and a vote you find out that the other fellow has brought 25 new people with him who want to become members that night so they can vote. Everyone knows these 25 people are members of another church down the road. Yet when you object to this ploy the other fellow says: “What? Are you against people joining the church? What kind of Christian are you?”

Welcome to Chris McDaniel’s world.

Just because something is legal does not mean it is ethical. And the manner in which Chris McDaniel was defeated Tuesday may have been legal, but it was clearly unethical. Sen. Thad Cochran’s team did an end run around the spirit of healthy party competition and everyone knows it.

Every poll that I saw leading up to Tuesday’s GOP run-off between 40-year incumbent Thad Cochran and state senator McDaniel showed McDaniel leading slightly. But the Cochran campaign, with strong help from the black community, was able to pull in thousands and thousands of Democrats to vote in the Republican primary.

What’s interesting is these were Democrats who didn’t even bother to vote in their own primary on June 3. That says to me that most of these people don’t really care about politics much. They just did what they were told.

Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman tweeted: “Looking at county data, Cochran’s win is almost entirely attributable to a large turnout increase among black voters b/t 6/3 and 6/24.”

African-Americans don’t vote for Republicans en masse in Republican primaries. Never happens. Why this time? Because black voters were told by leaders in their community that McDaniel was a racist and if elected he was going to go to Washington, D.C. and cut off their food stamps all by himself.

I’m serious.

I saw one poster produced by All Citizens for Mississippi with the headline: “The Tea Party Wants to Prevent You From Voting.” On it was a photograph of black people from the 1960s followed by Cochran’s picture and an appeal to vote for him. The message was that McDaniel wanted to take blacks back to 1961.

What was most disappointing to me was to find out it was former Gov. Haley Barbour and his nephew Henry whose PAC paid a woman named Mitzi Bickers $44,000 to go out and scare black folks with race-baiting radio ads and robo-calls into voting for Cochran.

Before the Tuesday election Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole made it clear how he felt about those who would manipulate the primary process: “I’m encouraging Democrats to stay out of the Republican primary, simply because I believe that party primaries should be an opportunity for the party faithful to pick their candidate for the general election.”

While it may be lawful, it is unethical and undermines the legitimacy of the primary process. It’s sabotage.

This is not just the normal rough and tumble of politics, no. This was an intentionally organized campaign to smear McDaniel in the worst way and beat him by any means necessary. This may have won the election for a Cochran, but the feeling of betrayal it has created among Republican friends is deeply felt and has created perhaps an irreparable separation.

My lovely and talented wife Alison and I had this conversation late Tuesday night. I told her I didn’t like how it all went down but that I would probably vote for Cochran in November. She looked at me and said, “You might but I won’t, this is just plain wrong.” She told me I could write that in the newspaper … so I did.

Emotions may lessen over time. But McDaniel supporters feel like they were sucker punched … by a family member.

Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

  • Todd

    Really Tim? Unethical? Hmm….the only problem with your logic is that you think the “extra” 25 were not already members of your church. I would argue that in fact they were already voting members.

    So you want party registration like some states do? Not me!! I want to be able to vote for the person that I feel can do the best job….democrat, republican, independent, tea-party….what ever….

    Voting and the election of our officials is not or should not be like a church or business (us vs them). You, as well as, I can vote on either ticket we choose under the current law. To me the best solution is to do away with the primaries and put them all on a single ballet that we all vote on….one time. “One man, one vote”. Ah the dream of the way it should be but will never happen. Winner takes all. But the two parties do not want that…politics.

  • TWBDB

    Mr Wildmon, I would say you need to be preaching to your own but you certainly are no authority on ethics.

    • FrereJocques

      Yeah. For sure. Talk about a case of the kettle calling the pot black.

  • wildrebel

    Tim, add to you logic, if you voted at the 8:00 service you can’t come back and vote again at 11:00. That is what happened in many counties where democrats that had already voted in the Dem primary were paid to vote in the Rep runoff, knowing it was illegal. And some poll workers let them vote knowing it was illegal. Whether it was 800 or 8,000 it is wrong. If it is 6,000 we will most likely get a new election.

    • TWBDB

      Got any proof that Dems who voted in the 1st primary were paid to vote in the 2nd? Additionally, got any proof that poll workers allowed illegal voting?

      • barney fife

        I’m P-O’d … I voted in the Dem primary but was not invited to vote again in the GOP runoff … why not?
        Where’s my payoff?

        • wildrebel

          no vote, no pay. Sorry, but, if 6000 votes get thrown out you might have another chance to vote illegally.

      • wildrebel

        Around a 1000
        So far in hinds county

        • TWBDB

          Well I saw a photo posted to the internet by McDaniel supporters of the roll book for a few of the ‘questionable’ votes in Hinds County. Of note, the hand-writing in the left most column for the 1st primary was all the same: while the hand-writing in the 2nd primary column was all different. Now, that in of itself is a little suspicious, especially considering the fact those 3 McDaniel supporters were ‘locked’ in the HInds County Courthouse after hours. But then, I thought, hell there’s no indication here whether these people are Republican or Democrat: and according to MS guidelines, it doesn’t matter a whip. So, exactly what are you talking about?

          • wildrebel

            Well you are either so stupid that you can’t see voter fraud in front of you, or you are just acting like you are to suppose to relize the jun 3 lockin happen before the June 24 runoff. I believe you are just acting stupid. I don’t believe anyone would not care about illegal voting even if it was only a couple thousand

          • TWBDB

            Wildrebel maybe you just refuse to consider one of those ‘locked-in’ the Hinds Country Courthouse on June 4th could have packed the ballot box in favor of their candidate while another wrote ‘Voted’ next to the registration # they were calling out as they were checking off the ballot. Purely speculation on my part but it might explain why the hand-writing was all the same in the June 3rd column. And it also might explain why the same people complaining about fraud in the run-off of June 24th were the same folks in the HInds County Courthouse after hours after the June 3rd election. Why else would they assume Hinds County had the issue?

          • wildrebel

            Thads sister in law is the election commissioner. She said the Ballot were locked up in a vault. If you can’t trust Thads sister in law, who can you trust. You still don’t understand, if you had voted next to your name on 3 June you could not vote on 24 Jun. All the poll worker had to do was look at the 3 jun column. If you had voted next to it, it was illegal for you to vote on 24 Jun. How could a voter and a poll worker honestly allow someone to vote twice and not know it? Impossible

          • TWBDB

            Wait a minute. What the hell are we discussing here ? Of course it’s legal to vote in the primary and come back to vote again in the run-off. Why wouldn’t it be? You live there didn’t you vote on both dates ? And if you didn’t why not?

          • wildrebel

            If you voted in the 3 June 2014 Democratic primary, the poll worker was suppose to write VOTED in the column next to your name. If the same person tried to vote in the 24 June 2014 republican runoff, all the poll worker had to do was look at the 3 June 2014 column to see if it had VOTED written in. If it did, it was not legal for you to vote in the runoff. This happened 3300 times and more are being found. The voter and the poll worker both knew it was illegal to vote, but did it anyway.

          • TWBDB

            I’ve never worked the polls in Mississippi, so can you please explain to me how a poll worker is supposed to know whether a voter was voting for a Democrat or a Republican in the Jun 3 election? Is there any reason why a Democrat could not vote for a Republican, or the other way round, on either day?

          • wildrebel

            If you voted in the REP or DEM primary you had “voted” next to your name. If you came back on 24 Jun and had “voted” next to your name from the DEM primary, it was illegal to vote in the REP runoff. If you voted in the REP primary and had “voted” next to your name, you could vote in the REP runoff. There is no party registration in MS. There is a separate line for REP and DEM. If you don’t know that you are either not from MS or you have never voted

          • TWBDB

            Tupelo born and raised: property owner: all my family is there : I no longer reside in the state as my career took me elsewhere. NE MS is home and I care deeply about its future. I’ve voted in every election since I was able to vote but it’s been a while since I lived in MS. So no, neither of your options is true about me, I just didn’t remember what the poll books looked like and that’s why I asked. I’m a little disappointed MS still relies upon hand-written records to document this type of thing. Seems ripe for corruption.

          • wildrebel

            Just curious, when was the last time you voted in Tupelo? Sorry I was harsh, but i understand your statements and questions better now.

          • TWBDB

            Last time I voted in Tupelo was 2008, I believe. I don’t recall an election in 2009.

          • wildrebel

            TWBDB, Several issues, Illegal votes, by people who voted dem and rep in the primaries. Democrats admitting to vote buying for Thad. And finally, just trashy dirty politics by the Cochran people. Race baiting, scare tactics, lies. Thad doesn’t know whats going on, but the Barbours have torn the Rep Party into the Rinos and the Tea Party movement. McD folks are waiting for the honest results of the election.

  • thud71

    The McDaniel camp has had plenty of ethical lapses of their own. Neither side has clean hands in this one. What did McDaniel’s people think was going to happen when they announced, prior to the run-off, that they would have their own poll watchers there to make sure that no “democrats” were allowed to vote? How did he think that was going to play in the black community? Of course they were going to turn out en masse. His own campaign handed Cochran the weapon; Cochran’s people were smart enough to capitalize on it. This result may or may not stand, but if it does, he can thank his own tactical mistakes for handing this one to Cochran on a silver platter. McDaniel may not like that Democrats can vote in a Republican primary, but in the end, that is the law and he should have accounted for it.

    • TWBDB

      He should also account for the fact that he must work with Democrats in order to get things done in Washington. This is not a theocratic dictatorship.

      • FrereJocques

        Which, based on McDaniels’ own statements and beliefs, is PRECISELY what he doesn’t want to do! He WANTED to be an obstructionist.

        And a Theocracy is also what he wants to set up as our new form of Government.

        • 1941641

          You know, Frere,
          I can just see this Theocracy thing now: a big sign out in front of a tax-exempt, expensive building over on the “Dark Side” of Tupelo, the sign reads: Welcome To The AFA’s Department Of The Mississippi 21 St. Century Inquisition–Your Contributions and Information Appreciated.

          “Liberals Not Welcome & Subject To Being Roasted In Our Oven If Caught Snooping Around.”

          • FrereJocques

            And if given the authority to do so, they would actually HAVE that. I keep saying it, but most people don’t believe me. “Noooo, they would never do THAT”. They forget that extreme fundies like AFA believe that the end results justifies the means. And when people will not voluntarily conform their beliefs and practices to what the Fundies want, then the process begins to FORCE people to change. This is EXACTLY what the gay marriage bans were all about.

            This is why I believe there is no difference between Christian extremists and Islamic extremists.

            In the Middle East, we call them Al Quida and the Taliban. Over here, we call them Baptists.

  • TWBDB

    I’m a registered Democrat who voted for Reagan: should my vote not have counted ?

    • Thile

      According to folks like McDaniel and Wildmon, depends on your skin tone.

      • Mary Cole

        Always the race card is pulled to speak condescendingly toward good people. The skin tone has nothing to do with right and wrong. There are moral/ethical people from every ethnic group regardless of their skin tones; there are also amoral/unethical people from every ethnic group…etc. As a Christian, it is my desire to live at peace with all people; have many friends across several ethnic groups: Black Americans, Chinese, Korean, Israeli, and Iranian. God’s love in my heart causes and commands me to love everyone….but that love does not blind me to the wrong and evil of mankind. You seem to be the one hung up on race…not Tim Wildmon and not Chris McDaniel.

    • Mary Cole

      Thank you!

    • wildrebel

      You are not a registered DEM in Miss. We do not register by party here. Your vote would have counted one time for each election.

      • TWBDB

        Where I live, voter registration allows the individual to affiliate with a political party or ‘decline-to-state’. The parties then have the option to allow non-affiliated or out of party voters to participate in the primary. If no candidate wins a majority in a party primary, the top two candidates go to the general election. Run-off elections are seen as a waste of tax payer dollars.

        Now, I have no problem admitting I have a strong disdain for the Tea Party; primarily based on its divisive by purpose nature. In my estimation, McDaniel is a poster boy for everything I can’t stand about the Tea Party. Nonetheless, if I’m not mistaken he could run as an Independent in the general election. If not, he’s young and has plenty of opportunity to rise in the ranks. But he’s rancorous, impatient, intentionally divisive, and dismissive of major allegations of proven impropriety very close to his own ranks.

        • wildrebel

          I don’t believe you know anything about Chris McDaniel and you damn sure don’t know anything about MS election laws.

          • TWBDB

            I now live in California. I clearly prefaced the post you so harshly responded to by saying, “Where I live” ; and I recall clearly stating that I no longer live in the state. The last time I voted in MS was 2008.

            What do I know about McDaniel ? Well I listened to his radio show on numerous occasions when I lived in MS, I’ve read his biography briefs, I’ve reviewed his website including his policy pages. I’ve read quite a few of the statements he’s made in interviews, excerpts from speeches he’s given, and I’ve observed the way in which he’s conducted himself during this campaign. His voting record as a State Senator is public knowledge and he’s a Tea Party darling. In my opinion, based on these things, I see him as a typical Far Right ambitious political pundit with dreams of grandeur: someone who’ll say and do anything to misinform and then patronize a rather hardline, constituency: someone who realizes if he’ll just say what they want to hear, he’ll get their vote. In brief I think he’s a snake.

            I don’t really support Cochran either but I find he’s the far lessor of two evils.

            Furthermore, I believe McDaniel to be smart enough to realize he probably wouldn’t now win in a general election as an Independent unless he can cook the evidence enough to convince a majority of MS conservatives to ignore the horrendous record of scandal in his own campaign. Again, I think he’s a snake.

          • wildrebel

            Cochran represents the RINO party and everything for which it stands. Chris represent the conservative republican party and everything for which it stands. It is a clear choice that republicans saw and voted for Chris. Cochran’s campaign ran a illegal, immoral and dirty political campaign. One “supporter” of Chris did a despicable act. An act that Thad knew about for 3 weeks. He waited until the election to bring it out for political gain. Had nothing to do with Chris. Now they are trying to determine if it even was against the law.

          • TWBDB

            If it even was against the law ? Are you talking about photographing an Alzheimer’s patient in her nursing home room ? Really ? And it matters to you if it was against the law or not?

          • wildrebel

            I said it was a despicable act. That meant it was a BAD thing. But why did Thad wait 3 weeks to bring it up if he thought it was so BAD. Handing out $15 envelopes for people to vote is illegal. Voting twice when it is only legal to vote once is against the law. Calling black people and telling them Chris is going to take away their food stamps and free breakfast and lunch “bald face lies” is immoral. Comspiring with Democrat leaders to have voters cross over is dirty politics. Have you really not kept up with anything that is going on? You don’t need to be getting all of your facts from me. Even Sis Salter is reporting it now.

          • TWBDB

            No Mr Wildrebel, I don’t rely upon you for information. It is readily available on the internet, being reported on national, and even my local news in CA.

            From what I understand, the dirty, immoral politics game was certainly played on both sides of this dirtiest of campaign seasons in MS. Hell, I’m being razed about it by work colleagues. The only people seemingly staying above the fray were the Democrat candidates.

            McDaniel campaigned on his intention to minimize government and government subsidies. He campaigned against Cochran for ‘bringing home the bacon': and for Heaven’s sake, he is the one making all the stink about ‘black’ voters voting for Cochran – – I thought you knew what your candidate stood for ?

          • wildrebel

            Name on thing the Chris McDaniel campaign did that was dirty, immoral or illegal. And don’t bother with the guy that took a picture of Rose. Had nothing to do with the Chris’s Campaign. It was a blogger who was trying to make a name for himself by publishing a story about Rose being alone in the nursing home for 12 years while that had a mistriss in DC. It was old news and McD was not going to bring it up.

          • FrereJocques

            i would say that claiming the Cochran campaign broke election laws when he really didn’t is dirty and immoral. McDaniel has NO PROOF as of yet that any significant number of people crossed over to vote in the Republican primary. Losing candidates have been claiming “We was ROBBED!” since the beginning of political campaigns. McDaniel is accusing Cochran of doing something that has been going on since the beginning of recorded history, and, in this case in MS, is NOT illegal.

            And I’m STILL wondering about those McDaniel campaign workers “locked” in the Hinds County courthouse for hours.

          • wildrebel

            Just what I thought, you got NOTHING. Big fat NOTHING, I just got off the phone with one of the folks that was locked in the courthouse. Investigated by the DA and HCSO and no wrong doing. You are a waste of time. Audio tapes of people admitting to buying votes. A thousand illegal double votes documented and admitted by the Hinds county Republican election chairman. Top dems accusing them of lying. You are Billary Clinton and Hussain Obama rolled into one Cali fruit loop. Oh, and don’t forget campaign chairman arrested for stealing campaign signs. Again, are you a Californian fruit or a nut?

          • TWBDB

            Frere, I’ll let you take this one. I’m sure you’ll have a field day with it.

          • wildrebel

            Yep, you need to get someone to talk for you. Kinda like you boy Thad. Can put a sentence together. Like I said before you are a waste of my time. Dueces

          • TWBDB

            I’ll keep it up as long as you wish Wildrebel. The longer you talk the better it is. Just keep it coming.

          • FrereJocques

            I answered your question, and then you pretend I didn’t. You obviously have a different definition of “dirty” and “immoral” than I do.

            As to the campaign workers locked in the courthouse: Probably saved by the fact that they couldn’t get access to the voting records. Properly locked up. But the event sure LOOKS bad, irregardless of the determination of guilt or innocence.

            Where are these audio tapes and the records of “illegal double votes”? I’ve read of no such admissions by the Hinds County Republican election chairman. Their statements have instead talked about “wildly exaggerated numbers” by the McDaniel campaign. As to the vote buying, when that was discovered the worker involved was quickly fired and a statement disavowing her actions were issued by the Cochran campaign.

            I’m not a big fan of “Billary” and becoming less of one for Obama. But I’d rather be rolled into them than Chris McDaniel anyday.

            Never been to California. Wouldn’t live there if I had the opportunity. So no fruit or nut. For the record, I was born and raised in Tennessee. Lived in MS for 9 years now. Only reason I’m here is because this is where my job is.

          • TWBDB

            I was about to ask you what you find so wonderful about Chris McDaniel, but I suppose you’ve already told me.

            Exactly how was Cochran’s campaign immoral, dirty, and especially illegal?

          • wildrebel

            Well you said you were an expert on his political career. You should know

          • TWBDB

            I’m asking you. And I’m not an expert on anybody’s political career. I’ve actually heard McDaniel talk on the radio and read more about what McDaniel stands for politically than Cochran. Hell, I grew up in MS, lived in MS, worked in MS for a very long time. Cochran was a Senator for much of that time. I rarely agreed with him on political philosophy: I really don’t agree with him now. McDaniel would have been the better and easier candidate for the Democrat or an Independent to defeat.

            Tag your it. And you aren’t baiting me if you think that’s what you’re doing. I just type really really fast.

          • wildrebel

            Frankly, I like everything for which he stands. I am not a tea party guy, but agree with all of their principles. Limited govt, less taxes, pro life, anti imment domain, anti Obomacare, Pro Gun, Pro hunting, you name it. Now tag your it, name one dirty, illegal, immoral act that McD committed or endorsed.

          • TWBDB

            Tell you what. I’ll tell you what McDaniel did if you tell me how many times you’ve voted for Cochran.

          • wildrebel

            I have probably voted for Thad 10 times. What is your point? You can’t come up with one thing Chris has done. You belong in the land of fruits and nuts. Which one are you?

          • TWBDB

            Thank you Wildrebel. You’ve made my point perfectly. You’re so damn smart you figure it out.

          • TWBDB

            Oh and by the way, I’m one of the CA fruits and nuts paying for the services MS gets from the Federal Government that you in MS can’t pay yourself.

  • 1941641

    Wildmon must think he’s the only one worthy of comment on this recent story but I happened across another who seemed to have the story right by most peoples standards. I will share it with DJ readers here:

    “The post was also published in full on the tea party website Mississippi Conservative Daily.”

    In the post, Kate Cochran wrote, “I think that Mississippians are being snookered by neocon zealots on talk radio, Fox News, and elsewhere. The New Right values extremism, obstructionism, partisanship, and – frankly – ignorance.”

    She then went on to criticize McDaniel for “lack of wisdom (he relies solely on Jesus, the Constitution, and common sense – combined in the veneer of ‘goodness’),” before harshly concluding:

    “I find his campaign appalling on intellectual, moral, and idealist levels. The fact that Mississippi voters are even considering his candidacy saddens me more than I can say. Mississippi used to be recognized as the most backward, prejudiced, ignorant hold-back in our nation, hands down. This sea change makes me very afraid that we might deserve that mantle.”–[Kate Cochran]

    This commentary says it all for me! –Tupelo Liberal

    • TWBDB

      One can assume at least a portion of Ms Cochran’s vehemence was related to the fact someone photographed her poor mother in a nursing home as part of some twisted campaign strategy. But nonetheless, she hits the nail squarely on the head. Many good people, well intentioned, Christian people are being pulled into taking Jesus, the Constitution, and common sense in vain.

  • Heitmene

    Gee, was it also “unethical” when in 2003 Chris McDaniel voted in the Democratic Primary for Governor? Or was that “different”?

    • Mary Cole

      I, myself, have voted Democrat in the past in state and county elections, thinking the Democrat was the better of the candidates running. Are you saying that my doing so was unethical? There is a difference here…a distorted difference…and some are trying to make something ethical from that which is from the pits.

  • guest

    What was the church vote about?

  • 1941641

    Would Jesus not think it blasphemous for Tim Wildmon to use His church story to make a right-wing political statement in support of a MS Tea Pot politician who is by no means a Christian but, instead, a pseudo-Christian abuser of the elderly? I know my answer to that question! How about you?

    • wildrebel

      I agree the Barbour are abusing an elderly person by making run in an election that he doesn’t even know he is in. (Lol)

  • charlie

    We can’t have voter fraud, the repubs fixed that with picture ID’s, remember.

  • Darin Sunny McCullough

    Copied and pasted your entire article and this site web addy. Excellent analogy.

  • Darin Sunny McCullough

    Mr. Wildmon, ignore the people on here who are attacking. It’s beyond sad that the scales on their eyes are so thick that light can’t get in and truth can’t be seen. One day, they will. Sadly, I’m afraid that will be the nanosecond that it’ll will be too late. Heartbreaking.

    • 1941641

      “scales on their eyes” Is that another quote from Christian Mythology? Is that the very best you can produce in support of Tim Wildmon and other “pious frauds” of his ilk? Truly heartbreaking!

      • Darin Sunny McCullough

        Bless your heart.

  • Mark

    Haley Barbour & friends just bitch-slapped thousands of fellow republicans who he can FORGET about ever seeing again. Anyone following him after this deserves what they get.

  • kelly Watson

    I completely agree. As for the fact that people actually believe these messages by cochran’s campaign, is complete lunacy. It really says something about someone’s character when they think there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with what happened here. People sure must like the idea of the public being lied to, because that’s exactly what happened. Absolutely disgusting behavior by cochran’s team.

  • Anthony

    Dang! There’s so many trolls on this article, Karl Rove must be paying $30 per post.

  • Derrick Brandon

    Great story Tim. Ignore the trolls and keep up the great work!

  • George

    Spot on Mr. Wildmon. You can tell it is so by the frenzy it has sent the left into. Some people just can’t handle the truth.

  • Mary Cole

    Tim…as a Mississippi Conservative…I WILL NOT vote for Cochran…for MANY reasons….but…IF FOR NO OTHER REASON…Haley Barbour and his nephews MUST BE STOPPED! Their evil deeds as Cochran Campaign ‘handlers’ must not go unpunished…and the only way we can punish them is through the Ballot Box. Also…Cochran is not ‘fit’ to be re-elected, in spite of the good he may have done in the past or the barrels of ‘pork’ he may have brought to Mississippi; he is not the same man today that he was years ago. His mind has faded and his thinking processes suffer, to put it nicely. Thad Cochran is being led around by the ‘Barbour Clan’ and shielded from the people of Mississippi who in the past have been his supporters, but who as of this election cycle has turned on 184,000+ of us…as a family dog viciously turns on its owner. I am a supporter of Chris McDaniel because I believe he truly has Mississippi’s best interests at heart. I do not appreciate what Thad Cochran Campaign has done; therefore, I cannot and will not vote for him in November…should this election not be overturned.

    • Guest

      Well said. I, too, will NOT vote for Cochran, i.e. The Barbour Clan. I might vote for Travis Childers but probably just won’t vote at all. I had hoped desperately that Republicans could take the Senate but looks like the Mississippi Republican Party has shot down that hope.

    • TWBDB

      Mary, I do believe MS has sat comfortably in the pork chair for far too long. Turning this around will take a change in the mind-set of the people. You cannot continue to blame MS’s issues on the impoverished: and you must realize just how many people, regardless of race, are living in poverty or just a lost pay-check away. I could be wrong but I’d be very surprised if those working in MS actually can pay in enough in state taxes to cover the cost of providing for the elderly and impoverished in the state. That’s just food, clothing, and health care. Forget about what’s actually needed to grow an attractive educated applicant pool to attract the businesses needed for job creation in the state.

      MS is filled with a wonderful resource, its people. But, its stuck in the ‘this is the way we’ve always done it’, ‘we can’t get ahead because of that family down the road’, mentality.

      Looking from outside, the McDaniel campaign has prided itself on separatism: not what MS needs.

    • 1941641

      Mary Cole: “….but…IF FOR NO OTHER REASON…Haley Barbour and his nephews MUST BE STOPPED! Their evil deeds as Cochran Campaign ‘handlers’ must not go unpunished…and the only way we can punish them is through the Ballot Box.”

      I’m more concerned about the “evil deeds” committed by the Tea Pot Hoodlums that illegally entered Mrs. Cochran’s nursing home with “evil” in their hearts and minds. One of the guilty parties in this incident recently committed suicide over it. His death is the work of Mr. McDaniel and his Tea Pot comrades, no one else. It all backfired right in their faces. I’m wondering if any of this group, including its leader, Mr. Mc Daniel, will get any time in the slammer for it? So, who is going to pay for all this? Certainly not “Haley Barbour or his nephew”!

      Also, there is no way Mr. McDaniel “truly has Mississippi’s best interests at heart” and the people have discovered that based on the evidence at hand! You can’t blame a Black Democrat Mississippi voter for voting “No” at the “ballot box” for a man that flaunts white supremacists in the 21st century! Who/What made McDaniel un-electable? Mc Daniel and his Tea Party extremist friends, that’s the who and the what.

  • PubliusPhoci

    Well, Tim, you had good intentions, but, you lost it when you said “the other fellow has brought 25 new people with him who want to become members that night so they can vote.” In Mississippi EVERYONE is an equal member unless they exclude themselves by voting otherwise, i.e. Democrat, in the primary. In addition you state “What’s interesting is these were Democrats who didn’t even bother to vote in their own primary on June 3. That says to me that most of these people don’t really care about politics much. They just did what they were told.” Have you not considered that there was an even larger amount of Republicans that this applies to as well since more people voted in the runoff than in the primary? Then, your statement – “What was most disappointing to me was to find out it was former Gov. Haley Barbour and his nephew Henry whose PAC paid a woman named Mitzi Bickers $44,000 to go out and scare black folks with race-baiting radio ads and robo-calls into voting for Cochran.” is only conjecture on your part at this time. While it is true Ms Bickers was hired by the Barbour PAC, there is no evidence that the radio ads were paid for, endorsed, written, or approved by the Cochran campaign. The truth is that Thad Cochran has served honorably and without scandal for 42 years doing his best for all Mississippians and, in his last election in 2008 he garnered 766,111 votes (more than all candidates received in this primary). Now comes the Tea Party, not just Chris McDaniel, but the Tea Party. Senator Cochran’s record has been distorted, his character has been maligned and he has had to endure personal attacks on his family. The Tea Party came to Mississippi en mass because they saw this as an opportunity to knock off an incumbent. They pulled out all the stops and in the process changed Senator Cochran’s reputation in the eyes of those who have heard the calling of the Tea Party, changed unjustly. Now to say that the Tea Party was trying to steal the election from Mississippians by pulling a fast one in a primary is more like the truth. They almost did it too.

  • 1941641

    The pseudo-Christian Tim Wildmon is nothing but a Pious Fraud. Proceed at your own risk!

  • Al in SoCal

    Here here – appealing to a broad constituency rather than focusing on the extreme right is totally unethical!

  • Al in SoCal

    “African-Americans don’t vote for Republicans en masse in Republican primaries. Never happens. Why this time? Because black voters were told by leaders in their community that McDaniel was a racist and if elected he was going to go to Washington, D.C. and cut off their food stamps all by himself.”

    Wildman’s ASSumptions:
    1. African-Americans do what they are told
    2. African-Americans are all on food stamps (check the demographics aka FACTS)

    Even for a paper in MS this letter shouldn’t have made it past the editor’s desk.