Under campaign mud, both fine fellows

First Cochran: He’s smart, polite, thoughtful and goal oriented. He’s a storied negotiator, nicknamed The Quiet Persuader by Time magazine. He works well with others and has often eschewed partisanship but, in the end, usually gets what he wants. Cochran has probably forgotten more about getting things done in Congress than most senators will ever learn.

And over four decades, what he’s wanted and accomplished has been what Mississippians have asked of him.

He hasn’t been some rogue or liberal plant in Congress as some would have you think. He’s been doing what people back home asked of him and doing it well.

He hasn’t been one to pursue his own political agenda or seek the spotlight. He usually heads to the committee rooms, while others take to the microphones.

The way it has worked has been this: A Mississippi community or leaders want something for their area, Cochran goes to work, and more often than not it gets done.

His accomplishments, in every corner of the state, can be measured in concrete, asphalt, military bases and equipment, and jobs.

If you re-elect Cochran, I believe he’ll be a steady hand on the tiller. If you want Mississippi to have clout in Congress, he’s got it. He’s in line to become chairman of the Appropriations Committee again, one of the most powerful positions in the free world.

Then, McDaniel: He’s a smart, ambitious and energetic guy, with strongly held beliefs. He was pegged as someone to watch from the moment he took office in the state Legislature. He has that … charisma.

And, you might have heard, he’s conservative.

He’s not a go-along-to-get-along sort of guy. He’ll buck the system, speak truth to power, point it out if the emperor is naked.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
5/31/14