Pender: McDaniel messes up with storm message

As 15 tornadoes tore through the state Monday, it appeared to be politics as usual for the McDaniel campaign. He was attending or planning “meet-and-greets,” and his campaign was streaming messages about McDaniel appearing on “The Blaze,” being endorsed by a political group and other campaign fodder.

Then on Tuesday morning, as people in the state he wants to represent in Congress were climbing through wreckage and finding and identifying those who lost their lives, McDaniel was given a national audience, on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

McDaniel made no mention of the devastation in his state. He was focused on illegal immigration and criticizing Cochran.

He did note that “all eyes are on Mississippi” right now, but he was referring to his tea party-fueled challenge of a longtime powerful incumbent Republican.

McDaniel at one point in the interview said, “For a change, instead of playing political games, let’s focus on what really matters.”

Indeed.

He did get Ingraham’s endorsement during the interview, and she called him “the closest thing to Jeff Sessions I’ve come across.”

The McDaniel campaign didn’t appear to shift into thoughts-and-prayers-are-with-our-fellow-Mississippians mode until later Tuesday, after my colleague Sam Hall ripped into them on clarionledger.com.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
5/5/14