Lane, in a phone interview, emphatically rejected Nosef’s allegation and warned that she would work to hold Cochran, Barbour, and the rest of the GOP establishment to the same standards on race that they are setting for McDaniel.
“The grassroots conservatives in our wonderful great state, we know that this is our opportunity to make a change,” Lane said. “And we got to do it. We’re working hard to do it. We are solid with Chris McDaniel. He is the chosen man for this hour. It’s sad that Thad [Cochran] just doesn’t drop out of the race. That’s why I did this. All of us in the Tea Party have let everything else [that Nosef and other establishment GOP officials in Mississippi have done] go until that interview [with NBC News]. I was texting with others here in the leadership in the Tea Party and said I was livid and have got to respond.”
In a phone interview, Lane told Breitbart News the point she is making is that Cochran and Barbour should be held to the same standard as McDaniel—and that Nosef shouldn’t give them a pass if he’s going to make such criticisms of McDaniel, regardless of merit. “First of all, nobody should have backed this at all,” Lane said, noting her belief is that the standard applied to McDaniel by Nosef was unfair. “But they did.”
Meanwhile, pressure is continuing to build on Nosef.
On Tuesday morning, the statewide Tea Party in Mississippi called on Gov. Phil Bryant to step in and force Nosef to apologize to the movement.
“As the self-proclaimed First Tea Party Governor in the nation, Gov. Bryant well understands what it takes to build consensus within the Republican Party,” Laura Van Overschelde, the chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, said in a statement. “It is our hope that Gov. Bryant can guide Mr. Nosef, and that he will show leadership in this regard by asking Mr. Nosef to publicly rescind the statements Nosef made to NBC and to Paul Gallo.”
A spokeswoman for Bryant has not responded to phone calls or emails from Breitbart News about this matter generally, or about that specific press release Tuesday morning from the state Tea Party.
Nosef told Breitbart News on Tuesday that by “these people,” in the email he didn’t mean all Tea Partiers. “I would never say I am done working with the tea party itself,” Nosef said. “In fact as a tea party member who actually is out there in the state working told me today – the real grassroots tea party people don’t care about all this inside baseball stuff. They are working to win elections. So I would never stop working with them. When I said ‘these people’ I was speaking of some of their leadership that is chronically against all of our elected officials. Literally these people believe our entire federal delegation needs to go. That’s how different their leadership is than their voters.”