BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism will face tests

The conservative wing of the conservative party in one of the most conservative states in the nation is attempting to garner more influence.

The Conservative Coalition of the state Senate, formed in the early summer, seems at times to be at odds with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican who has been one of the state’s most vocal proponents of fiscal restraint.

The leader of the group, Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, has said he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate against Thad Cochran, should the political veteran, who has not faced a serious challenge since 1984, opt to run again in 2014.

And to top it off, the Marshall County Republican Party has voted to censure – whatever that means – both Cochran and fellow U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Tupelo Republican, for not being conservative enough. Through the years, both Cochran and Wicker routinely have graded out as two of the most conservative members of Congress by national nonpartisan organizations.

Daily Journal
10/17/13