Lott: Mississippi delegation regaining influence

In Mississippi, Lott said, GOP leaders are working to repair damage from GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s bruising re-election race against Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a tea party favorite who lost to Cochran in a GOP primary runoff.

Gov. Phil Bryant “is working very hard to get everybody pulled back together,” Lott said after the breakfast. “There are a lot of people that are working to bridge that damage that was done.”

McDaniel spent months challenging the results of the runoff.

Lott said McDaniel “would have come up here and teamed up with Ted Cruz and been nothing but a troublemaker. We didn’t need that.” Cruz, a senator from Texas and a hero to the tea party, was a driving force behind the October 2013 government shutdown.

Clarion Ledger