MISSISSIPPI

Santorum Stars in Pro-McDaniel Ad

And a new robopoll finds Cochran up by 5.

Andrea Drusch
May 30, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate and former Sen. Rick San­tor­um (R-PA) re­cor­ded a TV ad for Cit­izens United Polit­ic­al Vic­tory Fund pro­mot­ing state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) ahead of his June 3 primary against Sen. Thad Co­chran (R). San­tor­um says he met McDaniel while cam­paign­ing in the state in 2012, and calls the can­did­ate “hon­est, trust­worthy and hard­work­ing.” San­tor­um and his PAC en­dorsed McDaniel earli­er this week. (re­lease)

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WHEELS COM­ING OFF: Roll Call re­ports that the McDaniel cam­paign bus has been “sput­ter­ing” caus­ing him to miss two cam­paign events, re­port­ers were told. Sup­port­ers were stood up at both events. (Roll Call)

PAL­IN WATCH: Former Gov. Sarah Pal­in (R) will join McDaniel in Jones County on Fri­day. A McDaniel email to sup­port­ers said: “Can you feel it? The mo­mentum is with us. And I’m honored to an­nounce that Sarah Pal­in is com­ing to El­lis­ville to sup­port our cam­paign for free­dom here in Mis­sis­sippi!” (re­lease)

FACT CHECK: Eu­gene Kelly of factcheck.org breaks down some stretch­ing of the truth from McDaniel and Co­chran. He gives McDaniel a “mis­lead­ing” rat­ing on a range of claims re­gard­ing abor­tion vot­ing re­cords and im­mig­ra­tion. He knocks Co­chran for mis­lead­ing voters on Obama­care. Kelly also tears apart ads from sev­er­al out­side groups. (Politico)

HOUSE OF CARDS: The city of D.C. is look­ing in­to a com­plaint re­gard­ing the home Co­chran’s long-term aide Kay Webber owns and leases to Co­chran.

“Webber rents the apart­ment to Co­chran, rents the second floor of her house as a ven­ue for cam­paign fun­draisers and oth­er events ““ in­clud­ing to Co­chran’s cam­paign ““ and rents her house as a ‘bed and break­fast,’ ac­cord­ing to per­son­al fin­an­cial dis­clos­ure state­ments she filed with the Sen­ate.

“But a re­cords search with the Dis­trict of Columbia De­part­ment of Reg­u­lat­ory Af­fairs (DCRA) found no pa­per­work in­dic­at­ing she re­gistered her house for those com­mer­cial pur­poses.” (Breit­bart)

PRO­FILED: Dan Balz writes for the Wash­ing­ton Post that it’s clear Co­chran “in­tends to keep do­ing busi­ness as he al­ways has in Wash­ing­ton, tea party crit­ics not­with­stand­ing.” He has no an­ger over cri­ti­cisms from the group, and doesn’t feel the need to de­fend him­self as a con­ser­vat­ive. He is, however, keep­ing an eye on his num­bers.

“People have had an op­por­tun­ity to ob­serve me closely over a peri­od of years and can make a de­cision about wheth­er they want me to serve in an­oth­er term in the U.S. Sen­ate, and I’m pre­pared to ac­cept their judg­ment. I think I’ll be reelec­ted. I’m look­ing at polling in­form­a­tion. It shows I have a strong po­s­i­tion in the elec­tion.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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