Sen. Thad Cochran (R) “insists that he is not retiring from Congress, despite widespread speculation about the veteran lawmaker’s health and political future. The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during a brief hallway interview on Wednesday. He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located.”
Asked whether he plans to retire, Cochran said, “Don’t believe everything you hear.”
“Top Senate Republicans say they are not pressuring Cochran to retire or step down as Appropriations Committee chairman.” He is up for reelection in 2020.
Cochran nearly lost in 2014 to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who is openly considering a challenge to Sen. Roger Wicker (R) this cycle. (Politico)
If Cochran resigns, “Gov. Phil Bryant (R) would have 10 days to appoint a replacement, to serve until a nonpartisan special election was held to determine a permanent successor. If Cochran resigned before Nov. 6, the day of next year’s midterms, the special would occur in 90 days. Most likely low turnout, an insurgent would have the advantage. Gov. Phil Bryant would have 10 days to appoint a replacement, to serve until a nonpartisan special election was held to determine a permanent successor. If Cochran resigned before Nov. 6, the day of next year’s midterms, the special would occur in 90 days. Most likely low turnout, an insurgent would have the advantage.”
Potential candidates who could be appointed are Rep. Gregg Harper (R-03) and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R). McDaniel has said that Cochran’s situation will not affect his plans. (Washington Examiner)
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