Cruz backs runoff investigation; tea party group calls Cochran ‘scum’

One day after Sen. Thad Cochran was certified the primary winner by the state Republican Party, the denunciations of the 76-year-old lawmaker were particularly vituperative.

The Tea Party Leadership Fund, which claims a membership of 25,000, referred to him as “scum.” An appeal sent by the Madison Project under the name of former Kansas Republican Rep. Jim Ryun labeled the six-term veteran corrupt.