MISSISSIPPI: Far-Right GOP Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel May Switch To Run For Thad Cochran’s Seat

NBC News reports:

Citing ill health, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that he will resign his Senate seat, effective April 1.

The early departure clears the way for Gov. Phil Bryant, a fellow Republican, to appoint an interim successor — perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves — and sets up a special election on Nov. 6. It also raises the possibility that State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who announced a primary challenge to Republican Sen. Roger Wicker last week, will switch races to take on Bryant’s pick.

“It’s a bit premature,” McDaniel told NBC News Monday when asked whether he might change targets. “In politics you keep all your options on the table … never foreclose possibilities.”

Surely you remember the grotesque attack on Cochran committed by McDaniel supporters back in 2014:

News broke in the Clarion Ledger on May 17, 2014, that a 28-year-old aspiring political blogger had been arrested for sneaking into the nursing home where Cochran’s now-late wife, Rose, had lived since 2000. She was suffering from progressive dementia and bedridden.

McDaniel supporter Clayton “Constitutional” Kelly of Pearl, egged by others, sneaked into the nursing home on Easter Sunday and photographed Rose, then used the image in an online political hit piece against Cochran, insinuating he was having an affair with a staffer and that the two were traveling the world while his wife languished. (Cochran married the staffer in question, Kay Webber, on May 23, 2015, five months after Rose died on Dec. 12, 2014.)

Kelly was ordered by co-conspirators to quickly pull the video down, but Cochran’s campaign had already captured it. After an ensuing investigation, charges were brought against Kelly and three other McDaniel supporters — Richard Sager, a Laurel teacher and coach; John Mary of Hattiesburg, a tea party activist and former radio show host; and respected attorney and state Republican tea party leader Mark Mayfield.

Mayfield, whose own mother was in the same dementia unit with Rose Cochran, killed himself shortly after his arrest. The nursing home incident cost McDaniel the election.

According to reports at the time, Cochran’s adult children had accepted their father’s affair because he was unwilling to divorce his incapacitated wife. Cochran’s own cognitive issues are believed to have spurred yesterday’s retirement announcement.

 

  • Boreal

    Disqus shitting the bed again.

  • AdamTh

    “Thank God for Mississippi”

    Growing up in the South, I’ve heard that expression a lot. Pick any list or subject, and the Southern states were usually near the bottom – but Mississippi was always at the bottom. Still the same.

  • Gustav2

    Donna Shalala (D), the former University of Miami president and Health and Human Services secretary, is officially running to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Miami Herald reports.

    • Joe in PA

      Yay.

  • Gustav2

    Donna Shalala (D), the former University of Miami president and Health and Human Services secretary, is officially running to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Miami Herald reports.

  • Boreal

    Hmm it would make sense that disqus did maintenance during the night when usage was way down which is why they are doing during peak posting hours.

    • jmax

      I was wondering if they were in a different time zone.

      • fuow

        I’d say they’re not only in a different time zone, they’re in a different century. One of the most consistently underdeveloped tools on the web.

        • Steven in Texas

          Well Austin TX is stuck in the 60’s.

    • zhera

      Sometimes it can’t wait?

      • fuow

        Sometimes, yes. In Disqus case, that would be more like: Always.

  • zhera

    Florida, Alabama, or Mississippi. Which state will win the award for most fucked up place in the US?

    Stay tuned for an interesting election season…

    • another_steve

      We need to organize mass evacuations of sane people from those states.

      • Steven in Texas

        SEND A BUS!

    • jmax

      Hey, I live in Kansas and I resent the omission.

      • another_steve

        Oh shut up.

        You brought us “The Wizard of Oz.”

        • jmax

          I’ve never seen the movie. Take away my gay card.

          • Joe in PA

            Gasp! You’ll be burned at the stake…much less take away your gay card!

          • jmax

            I like the black and white portion of the movie but I can never get past the Munchkins. I find them annoying as hell.

          • Nic Peterson

            Just fast forward though that part. No plot development at all.

          • jmax

            I’ve only seen it on commercial TV where fast-forwarding isn’t an option. Maybe one of these days I’ll record it and then take your suggestion.

          • Joe in PA

            🎶 We represent the lollipop guild, the lollipop guild…we represent…. 🎶

            Hey, how could you not love THAT? 🙂

          • jmax

            Oh, great. Thanks for the ear worm, asshole 🙂

          • Dubito et cogitare

            You realize that is a cinematic Rorschach test, don’t you? LOL

          • Nic Peterson

            Only if you float, because then, you are a witch. Or something.

          • another_steve
          • jmax

            Now I’m an outcast, a man without a country…

          • another_steve

            Repent.

            Accept Judy Garland as your Lord and Savior.

          • jmax

            Seconal and vodka for communion?

          • Michael White

            Seconal? Where are we Valley of the Dolls ?

          • gary47290

            Pills? Wimps. Whatever happened to good old booze?

          • another_steve

            Well, yes. There is that. Girl did have a weakness for the barbiturates.

            The silver lining is that the overdose brought us the Stonewall Riots of June 1969.

          • Jim Michaud

            Bzzzt! Nope. Judy Garland’s death did NOT bring about the Stonewall riots. Sorry. I’m on the same thought team as David Carter and his definitive book on the riots.

          • another_steve

            Lol. I’m only (half) jesting.

            Though the timing was…umm…suspicious, no? 😉

          • Kruhn

            Call the Gay Council!!!!!! We have a Code Dorothy!!!! Code Dorothy!!!

        • Dubito et cogitare

          But also that most odious Mental Munchkin, Sam Brownback. And L. Frank Baum wasn’t from Kansas.

          I’m a Kansas native who agrees with jmax.

          • Ninja0980

            My family that lives there concurs.

      • zhera

        Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the rest of the South can compete for the 4th place on that list. 😉

        • jmax

          It’s ON!

        • orion dumptee

          runners up…SC & NC…

      • Joe in PA

        Hey wait a sec, we aren’t called “Pennsyltuckey” for nothing!

      • mizzourah

        Yep, my vote is with Kansas. 😏

    • Nic Peterson

      I escaped Floriduh as soon as possible and never looked back. My family is still held captive. Don’t ever go there.

    • Steven in Texas

      OH NO NO NO, I just went out and voted in the Texas primary. I went to where the 1, newspaper, 2, website, 3, normal location to vote at city hall, and was told the Dem primary is at Oak Haven. Where we occasionally have voted. I drove to Oak Haven and was told this is the Rep. location and Dems are at City Hall. At Oak Haven I was told they have had a steady stream of people being sent over.
      I went back to city hall armed with CBS,NBC,ABC local affiliates numbers, I figured this was some rethugliscam to sidestep the Democratic vote in Texas, and was going to involve the media.
      As it turned out they pollsters at City Hall were just misinformed, I corrected them.
      I hope all the others comeback. So far early voting has had record Dem turnout! I hope it holds.

    • Michael White

      Indiana should be at least an honorable mention

    • Rambie

      Hey now! Utah says, “Hold my (root) Beer!”

      • zhera

        *sigh*

        Fine, you’re all horrible. 😉

        • Rambie

          Utah wants to name a highway after Trump… how f* up is that?!

          • zhera

            They are really gunning for that award!

          • Rambie

            Ain’t no crazy like a Utah crazy

          • Kruhn

            But damn! They’re cute!

          • Rambie

            And they send ’em in pairs to your house so you always have a spare! 😉

    • EDinMCO

      Oh please. “Most fucked up place in the US” is Florida’s state motto. It’s on our state seal just underneath the crossed AR-15s and the Klansman holding a bible taking a dump on the Constitution.

  • JT

    Another delight from the abyss of MS. Abyssissippi.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Decades of inbreeding can cause dementia among subsequent generations. Just pointing it out and let’s face it, it explains a lot.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    I read the part with where Mayfield killed himself with great pleasure.

    • Astronaut Mike Dexter

      same here

  • Hank
  • Kruhn

    If the Democrats field someone good, they could win. Thad Cochran had to pander to the African American vote to win his previous primary against McDaniel.