McDaniel ‘would prefer federal position’

State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he hasn’t ruled out a run for lieutenant governor or some other state office, but his first preference would be a federal office, such as the one now held by U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

“If I had to rank, I think frankly I would prefer a federal position, only because I think at this stage more can be done in that regard,” McDaniel, R-Ellisville, said Wednesday. “I think a close second to that is my present position. I’m happy there … Naturally, there is no federal race this year, so that might tell you where my leaning is.”…

…Supporters have been pushing McDaniel to challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the GOP primary this year. The deadline to qualify for state races is Feb. 27.

“I have not decided what I’m going to do,” McDaniel said. “I’ve got nine days and … that’s a lot of time … Nothing’s off the table except governor.”

Clarion Ledger