When tornadoes were ripping through central and north Mississippi yesterday, I wasn’t all that surprised to see an email from Chris McDaniel’s campaign jump into my inbox. I assumed that it was a typical “our thoughts and prayers” email that is common.
Instead, it was a planning email announcing some upcoming campaign stops, including meet-and-greet events in DeSoto and Madison counties for today. It hit me the wrong way, and I almost fired off a snarky little tweet and posted something talking about how thoughtless and asinine it was to send out campaign emails on a day when Mississippi is suffering so much bad weather and loss.
But I let it go. The main reason: I wasn’t going to hammer McDaniel because one of his staffers was tone-deaf to what was happening outside the campaign bubble. Besides, it wasn’t a political email; just a planning piece. (Would have been smart to cancel those appearances today, though…)
Then the campaign sent out another email today, and that was the last straw.
“McDaniel Signs FAIR Immigration Reform Pledge, Calls on Sen. Cochran to Sign” is the subject of the email.
Republican Chris McDaniel, candidate for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, today announced he has signed the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) pledge to enact meaningful immigration reform aimed at restoring traditional immigration rates and protecting America’s interests, economic and otherwise.
“I am honored to stand along side FAIR and fight with them for common-sense immigration reform,” said McDaniel. “With tens of millions of adults sitting out of the workforce as a result of depressed wages and a sluggish economy, it is vital conservative Republicans stand and fight to complete the border fence. Sadly, career politicians like Thad Cochran repeatedly vote not to fund the border fence and encourage de facto amnesty,” McDaniel continued.
So, while the people of Tupelo, Louisville, Richland, Pearl, Brandon and places in between are trying to locate loved ones, reclaim lost personal treasures and grasp the reality of the devastation that has ripped across this state, Chris McDaniel is trying to score political points.
You remember when McDaniel said, “I’m not going to do anything for you” in relation to disaster relief? He was telling the truth.
Updated: A McDaniel supporter who didn’t like my post said I should look at the Mississippi Democratic Party’s Twitter feed for right after the storm. So I did. All last night was storm-related, just like state GOP. Today, six tweets: one storm-related, one overtly political, one about a meeting, one about voter registration and the others about an equality resolution. The state GOP: all storm-related.
State Democrats should give politics a rest as well. State GOP is doing it right. Still doesn’t change a single thing about what McDaniel and his campaign did, though, does it?