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)
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)