Lawyers will be the stars of the courtroom portion of the drama, set in the Circuit Court of Jones County where McDaniel filed his lawsuit seeking to be declared the winner of the primary.
If McDaniel vs. Cochran is seen as David facing Goliath, the same could be said for the attorneys. Mitch Tyner, who heads a small Jackson-based firm, is McDaniel’s chief counsel. Cochran’s lawyers are Phil Abernethy (a native of Booneville) and Mark Garriga (former chief of staff to the late Gov. Kirk Fordice), both members of the Butler-Snow firm, the largest in Mississippi, with muscular political connections and a partner list including former Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour also is a celebrity Washington lobbyist and an unrelenting Cochran supporter.
The prize remains the U.S. Senate seat, and the sooner the energy focuses fully on that campaign the better off Mississippi voters will be.