Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel

JACKSON — An Alabama-based group is filing legal arguments to support Chris McDaniel as he tries to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted permission today for Conservative Action Fund to file briefs. Justices said the group may participate in oral arguments Oct. 2, but only if it uses some time allotted to McDaniel.

Conservative Action Fund chairman Shaun McCutcheon has sent several emails since July calling Cochran’s June 24 primary victory “illegitimate” and asking people to contribute money to his group to support McDaniel, a state senator with tea party backing.

“As you may know, I have already given $1,776 to Chris McDaniel, but the bills for filing our challenge are mounting,” McCutcheon wrote in a July 16 email soliciting money.