We interrupt this coverage for a special report.
The much-hyped “kick off” to the election challenge turned into a punt. What had been hyped as #McDDay turned into a #McDud.
State Senator Michael Watson and Mitch Tyner represented the campaign to explain the legal status of the yet to be filed challenge. McDaniel himself was not in attendance. His attorneys said he was in an “undisclosed location”. It’s hard to believe that state senators from Ellisville, MS, have an “undisclosed location” unless they’re running from the law. But this is a hostage crisis, so he may get the benefit of the doubt.
Meanwhile, Tyner did his best Al Haig impression. Typically, in a campaign, you of course have chain of command beyond the candidate, the campaign manager and the elections lawyer in that order. Anyone seen the campaign manager, Melanie Sojourner?
Fortunately, Tyner and Watson (two white guys) got to lecture the assembled dozens about how the Cochran Campaign, that actively solicited votes from the African American community, “set race relations back 50 years”. They also questioned the legitimacy of the election and the Republican leadership in the state in an open forum while politely declining to provide ANY evidence.
Meanwhile, the Cochran Campaign has finally come to the realization that you can’t win a crazy fight with a crazy person.
But with all the new campaign donations, the McDaniel campaign has once again got gas money for the RV. McDaniel is now kicking off a campaign “Truth and Justice” tour.
The next interesting step will be how Joe Nosef and Phil Bryant react to McDaniel’s delay and the McDaniel campaign’s straight up verbal assault on the party, circuit clerks statewide, the Secretary of State and the legitimacy of the election.
That’s the way it was – Day 23 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.
Good day Mississippi – and good luck.