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Who is Chris McDaniel? We’re starting to get the picture.

McDaniel calls himself a lifelong Republican but when Haley Barbour ran for governor, McDaniel voted in the Democrat Primary. When asked about it, he lied.

McDaniel’s attendance record, worst in the state senate. Missing 118 votes on everything from taxes to spending. McDaniel even skipped an important pro-life vote causing it to fail by one vote.

McDaniel attacked Thad Cochran for supporting Katrina relief. Then told a reporter he’s not so sure he would have supported it.

McDaniel claims he supports tort reform but argued in court against tort reform to earn a larger fee.

So who is Chris McDaniel, really? He is a personal injury lawyer who will say or do anything to win; a state senator who doesn’t show up for work; a politician who doesn’t tell the truth.

Chris McDaniel, he says one thing, his record says something else.

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FACT CHECK

McDaniel calls himself a lifelong Republican but when Haley Barbour ran for governor, McDaniel voted in the Democrat Primary. When asked about it, he lied.
• Chris McDaniel Voted in the 2003 Democratic Primary. Source: Mississippi Statewide Election Management System Voter Records

• Source: “Voting record of Mississippi Senate candidate questioned” (Associated Press 11/13/2013): “Records show conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel voted as a Democrat in the 2003 state primary…When first asked, on Monday, about his voting record, McDaniel said: “I have never voted in a Democratic primary.” But, “McDaniel’s campaign spokesman Keith Plunkett said it is possible McDaniel voted in the 2003 Democratic primary.” And Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirmed it: “I looked at [the records], and they show he voted Democrat when Haley Barbour, Amy Tuck, Tate Reeves and Stacey Pickering were running in the Republican Primary. They also show he didn’t vote in the presidential election in 2004 — when Bush was running — and didn’t vote in the Republican Primary in 2008.”

• For more information: http://msconservativespac.com/democratmcdaniel/

McDaniel’s attendance record, worst in the state senate. Missing 118 votes

• Source: MississippiVotes.org

on everything from taxes to spending.

• Source: Mississippi Senate Legislative Records – Chris McDaniel has skipped votes on taxes (2009 Second Special Session; SB2001 on 6/29/2009) as well as debt and spending (2010 Regular Session; SB3181 on 3/26/2010). He has also missed votes on crime (SB2751 on 4/17/2008) and Charter Schools (SB2293 on 3/27/2010).

McDaniel even skipped an important pro-life vote causing it to fail by one vote.

• Source: Mississippi Senate Legislative Records: The pro-life amendment failed 22-23 on February 11, 2014 with Chris McDaniel absent.
• In an article titled “Senate GOP hopeful goes AWOL on votes to chase money, media” the Daily Caller noted a pro-life amendment “that appeared to be a no-brainer in terms of priorities” failed while McDaniel and his campaign manager were campaigning in Washington, DC.
• But Chris McDaniel had promised taxpayers back in October he would do his job as state senator: “I will continue to fulfill my duties as State Senator to the good people of Mississippi. Our legislative session does not begin until January and I will be prepared to spend my time serving my constituents.”
• Chris McDaniel’s campaign told the Washington DC newspaper Roll Call that the issue of him missing votes “silly.”
• Chris McDaniel told the Associated Press his missed votes were almost all “nonbinding resolutions.”
• But during the 2014 session the Natchez Democrat said in an editorial that Chris McDaniel and his Senate colleague and campaign manager, “should refocus on doing the work voters elected them to do before they seek more responsibility that clearly has yet to be earned – at least not through attendance records.”
• For more information: http://msconservativespac.com/chris-mcdaniel-awol-in-state-senate/
McDaniel attacked Thad Cochran for supporting Katrina relief. Then told a reporter he’s not so sure he would have supported it.

• Source: “Mississippi 2014 Senate election: Anatomy of a takedown” Politico: 2/19/2014

• For more information: http://msconservativespac.com/mcdaniels-katrina-folly/

McDaniel claims he supports tort reform but argued in court against tort reform to earn a larger fee.

• Source: Tanner v. Eagle Oil – On September 13, 2012, the plaintiffs represented by Chris McDaniel filed a motion in Tanner v. Eagle Oil and Gas to hold the caps on non-economic damages unconstitutional. McDaniel argued this case in Jasper County (docket #111-0013) with a final judgment of $36 million ($26 million of it in noneconomic damages). The judge ruled the damage cap was unconstitutional.

• According to trial transcripts, McDaniel gave the closing arguments for the plaintiff in which he specifically asked for damages above what is allowed under Mississippi’s tort reform laws.
o Chris McDaniel first made the request to the jury for economic damages of $8 million: “So, naturally, what we’re requesting that you do on this verdict form right here is make things right. $8 million. I haven’t heard a single expert, a single witness contest that number, and that’s why I’ve already written it in there for you. That’s your verdict term. That’s your beginning point. That’s the number we’re requesting right there.”
o And then Chris McDaniel also made the request to the jury for $18 million in noneconomic damages which went beyond the $1 million statutory caps on noneconomic damages: “But it’s not the only number we’re requesting. It’s one thing to pay for his medical expenses, isn’t it? It’s one thing to pay for those things he’s out of pocket on. What about his suffering? What about his suffering?….The other part of this calculation has to be determined, it has to be filled out. It has to be understood. There is no formula, though. This is all about a formula up here. There’s no formula for this type of suffering, for this particular blank. All I can do is suggest. That’s all I can do. And what I’m suggesting is the amount that’s two times, roughly, of what this amount is. I will round that up to nine. And this is how I pray you fill this in, at minimum. At a minimum.”
For More Information: http://msconservativespac.com/trial-lawyer-chris-mcdaniel/

What position will Chris McDaniel take next that contradicts his record? Who knows? As he told the Mississippi Libertarian Party in his apology to them for ridiculous remarks, “the longer I serve in government, the more my positions evolve.”