McDaniel says he wasn’t at Confederate ball and conference

State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he wasn’t at a “neo-Confederate” conference and ball that “Mother Jones” is reporting he attended and addressed.

“It’s unbelievable,” McDaniel said. “I was in Chicago then, at an (American Legislative Exchange Council) conference. I wasn’t even there. I wasn’t even in the state.”

McDaniel said he’s familiar with and friends with members of the Jones County Rosin Heels group, which he describes as a group of Confederate battle re-enactors and historians. He said he did attend a Sons of Confederate Veterans event in Jackson a while back, but that he was the only speaker at the event, and was not present when anyone was talking secession or calling Lincoln a Marxist.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger