MISSISSIPPI

Chaos Consumes Cochran Presser

Andrea Drusch
July 3, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

A press call from Sen. Thad Co­chran’s (R) cam­paign dis­solved in­to chaos Wed­nes­day when the pass­word and con­fer­ence num­ber were shared pub­licly on Twit­ter by a loc­al blog­ger.

Co­chran cam­paign ad­viser Aus­tin Bar­bour can­celled the call about 10 minutes in after a caller kept in­ter­rupt­ing to ask why Co­chran was “har­vest­ing black votes like black people har­vest­ing cot­ton.” After sev­er­al re­quests to hold ques­tions for the end, Bar­bour an­nounced that na­tion­al me­dia was wel­come to call with any ques­tions, but he could no longer go on.

The un­muted callers quickly dove in­to a rant, with many claim­ing to be state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) sup­port­ers. More callers con­tin­ued to join for the next 45 minutes, even after a sev­er­al people sug­ges­ted that the group was do­ing McDaniel no fa­vors.

Co­chran spokes­man Jordan Rus­sell tweeted after the call: “The plus side of that epis­ode is now the na­tion­al me­dia sees what type of people we have to deal with day to day.” (Hot­line re­port­ing)

RE­COUNT: Be­fore end­ing the call, Bar­bour said the Co­chran cam­paign was dis­put­ing the McDaniel cam­paign’s “in­val­id vote” count, which now ranges in the thou­sands. Bar­bour said their op­pon­ents were re­port­ing hun­dreds of du­plic­ate votes from Demo­crats who had already voted in the primary, many of which came from pre­cincts with single or double di­git vote counts in the first elec­tion.

MONEY: The FEC is re­quest­ing more in­form­a­tion from the pro-Co­chran Su­per PAC Mis­sis­sippi Con­ser­vat­ives, be­cause of what ap­pears to be cam­paign fin­ance vi­ol­a­tions.

“The FEC let­ter states the com­mit­tee may have failed to file one or more of the re­quired 24-hour re­port(s) re­gard­ing ‘last minute’ in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ures. Spe­cific­ally, the com­mit­tee did not file a 24-hour re­port for a $15,000 pay­ment on May 30th to Scott How­ell & Com­pany as an in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ures against Chris McDaniel.” (Roll Call)

FIGHT­ING WORDS: A source on the Co­chran cam­paign called McDaniel a “clin­ic­ally dia­gnos­able nar­ciss­ist,” “the sorest loser I’ve ever seen,” and “ba­sic­ally Joel Os­teen.”

The com­ments came as McDaniel sent an email ask­ing for dona­tions to as­sist him with his chal­lenge ef­forts, sug­gest­ing Co­chran “stole” the elec­tion. (Busi­ness In­sider)

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