Pickering, also from McDaniel’s home Jones County, said Wednesday that he had received “a phone call or two” from some people who attended the Republican Women’s event and heard McDaniel.
“First of all, I’ve never even heard of a rumor of him being with a 24-year-old,” Pickering said. “… As for the house thing, I know a lot of folks were trying to find him after the election. The only thing I can think of is people were trying to find him after the election.
“I’m not going to get down in the ditch with him,” Pickering said. “… I can’t imagine what Chris and his family have been through the last several months, but I’m hoping they can move on.”