The tea leaves continue to point to state Sen. Chris McDaniel throwing his hat into the ring in the 2018 U.S. Senate race and we urge him to do so. He is a bright, shining star of conservative politics, even if he is decried by his opponents as a backward, card-carrying racist who wants a return to 1960s Mississippi.
With a man or woman of political prominence hailing from your own backyard, you get to know him or her. The REAL Chris, people will say. And it is evident locally in the ballot box, where the Ellisville native routinely receives more than 85 percent of the vote. If he ran tomorrow, he would probably get 90 percent.
Those voters know McDaniel got hosed in the 2014 Republican primary. The upstart state senator was just a few hundred votes shy of unseating the grandfather of the Senate, who had been in the swamp of Washington, D.C., for nearly as long at McDaniel had been alive. Thad Cochran is old-world, backroom-deal-making politician who is the absolute epitome of the Establishment Republican Party. His type of politician is tired and old. We desperately want a change.
Laurel Leader Call