We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.
Just last week, the Y’allPolitics staff was complaining at our weekly roundtable that there weren’t enough political fundraising videos with people loading handguns on them. Well, ask and ye shall receive.
You may remember Elaine Vechorik from the McDaniel campaign. She was the person who the McDaniel campaign had to refund about $2,600 to. There was also some murkiness around whether or not she actually worked officially for the McDaniel campaign. Since it was reported that she was interviewed by the DA in the nursing home scandal, she’s likely to be named at least an honorary member of the campaign. That court case train continues to wreck in slow motion. Undeterred, Vechorik was also a plaintiff in the frivolous True the Vote Lawsuit.
Speaking of True the Vote, bless their hearts, they got delivered a legal thrashing and have generally left Mississippi with their tails tucked between their legs. Their “Hallmark Strategy” of finding Mississippi voters birth dates didn’t go over so well in federal court with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann or the nine Mississippi counties that got enjoined in that lawsuit. They said that they will never again litigate this issue in Mississippi.
While we wait on the refs at the Mississippi Supreme Court to rule on the McDaniel challenge, the McDaniel camp seems to be struggling for messaging direction. Regardless, Phil Bryant, who endorsed Thad Cochran, had some very nice things to say about McDaniel this week. In the Laurel Leader Call he said
“Chris is a dear friend of mine,” Bryant said. “He first came in when I was elected lieutenant governor. He was part of a very small group I tried very hard to mentor.”
Bryant agreed that the campaign and race has caused some problems for his friends and others.
“I know it’s been tough on Chris and tough on his family,” Bryant said of McDaniel’s wife Jill “and their beautiful children.”
“It’s in the courts now, so we’ll see what the courts decide,” Bryant said. “Chris McDaniel will have a future in whatever he chooses to do, and I continue to hope the very best for him, whatever that may be.”
The kind words appear to have had no effect on McDaniel, who is still tacitly encouraging his supporters to stay home in November, while he still stays defiant on endorsing the nominee of his party. It appears that he and his supporters seem resolved that a Harry Reid led Senate will show conservatives who’s really boss. Maybe a Senate still under Obama’s control can help force a budget showdown to raise taxes or cut military spending further or grant amnesty or expand Obamacare. That’d really show those pesky conservatives.
Yeah. That’ll show ’em.
That’s the way it was – Day 108 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.
Good day Mississippi – and good luck.