Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Sen. Thad Cochran Wednesday, warning in an op-ed for a local newspaper that the veteran GOP lawmaker is under attack from hypocrites and “out-of-state phonies” who are distorting his record ahead of the Republican primary this summer.
Mr. Barbour, a major GOP fundraiser, said Mr. Cochran led the effort to pass emergency disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and said that he doesn’t “know where we would be today if not for his effectiveness.”
“Sen. Cochran has not only represented Mississippi well in the Senate, he was the giant who stood tall and produced for our state at our greatest hour of need after Katrina,” Mr. Barbour said.
Mr. Barbour said that voters should be weary of some of the outside groups that are funneling money into the race — taking particular aim at former Indiana Rep. Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, which is backing Mr. Cochran’s primary opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniels.