Just when you think things couldn’t get stranger with Chris McDaniel’s campaign for U.S. Senate, a minor sideshow erupts around an investigation by Attorney General Jim Hood’s office into whether or not a Meridian man was paid to lie about vote buying in the primary runoff.
Charles C. Johnson, the infamous blogger from California who fancies himself a journalist, released an audio recording of a conversation between McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch and Stevie Fielder, the Meridian man who once alleged he was paid by members of Thad Cochran’s campaign to buy votes.
The timing of the release of this conversation, which reportedly took place in August, is downright odd. The recording itself doesn’t help McDaniel, and it could be argued that it actually hurts his challenge. So what gives?