McDaniels, Hosemann mudslinging begins

Records show ultra-conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel voted as a Democrat in the 2003 state primary.

But McDaniel and others question the accuracy of the records and accuse Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a potential opponent, of using state resources for “opposition research” on McDaniel.

Hosemann denies this and said McDaniel is trying to deflect attention from his voting record.

McDaniel is running for U.S. Senate as an ultra conservative and has said he was inspired as a teenager by Ronald Reagan to become a lifelong Republican. Republican Hosemann is thought by many to be waiting in the wings to run for the U.S. Senate seat, should incumbent Thad Cochran not seek re-election.

Clarion Ledger