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Bryant Won't Appoint Himself to Cochran's Seat

Wicker released an anti-McDaniel TV ad statewide.

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Kimberly Railey
March 7, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Gov. Phil Bryant (R) said Tuesday that he will not appoint himself to fill Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R) seat.

Bryant: “There’s something nefarious about the idea of a governor appointing himself. Washington’s not where I want to be just now.”

“Bryant said he will choose someone who will run in the special election, which could attract multiple candidates across party lines.”

“Bryant has not released names of people he will consider appointing, though there has been widespread speculation that he might appoint Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) or Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R).”

Meanwhile, DSCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen “said his party will have ‘good candidates’ in both Senate races in Mississippi.” (AP)

Cochran is leaving the Senate on April 1.

ON THE AIR. In the other Senate race, Sen. Roger Wicker (R) released a TV ad statewide slamming state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) for his past criticisms of President Trump. In the spot, a narrator charges that McDaniel “loves the spotlight” but wants to keep conservatives “in the dark” about his feelings on Trump.

"The ad will air on Fox News Channel statewide, on broadcast in the Jackson, Columbus-Tupelo-WestPoint, Biloxi-Gulfport, Hattiesburg-Laurel, Meridian, and Greenville-Greenwood markets, and online." (release)

RADIO SHOW. The “radio show hosted by” state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) “listed a group that advocates for southern secession among a list of 'favorite websites' featured on the show's website. … McDaniel co-hosted ‘The Right Side Radio Show,’ at the time a nationally syndicated broadcast, from the mid-2000s until he was elected to the Mississippi state Senate in 2008. He still appeared once weekly after the leaving the show as a full-time host.”

“McDaniel strategist Rick Tyler told CNN's KFile over the phone on Monday that McDaniel ‘has never endorsed the League of the South and has nothing to do with them.’” (CNN)

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