Do What You Want

State Senator considering bid even if Cochran doesn’t retire.

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Sept. 26, 2013, 7:28 a.m.

If Sen. Thad Co­chran (R) does de­cide to re­tire (which is by no means cer­tain), Re­pub­lic­ans have re­peatedly men­tioned three names to run for his seat: Sec­ret­ary of State Del­bert Hose­mann (R), state Aud­it­or Sta­cey Pick­er­ing (R) and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R). “Oth­ers looked to the House del­eg­a­tion, with an eye on three-term Rep. Gregg Harp­er (R-03).

But a “small draft move­ment” has formed to en­cour­age state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) to run against Co­chran, something McDaniel has said he’s in­ter­ested in. But sev­er­al “Re­pub­lic­an in­siders said Co­chran would clob­ber McDaniel if he chal­lenged him.” Re­pub­lic­an con­sult­ant Henry Bar­bour: “I think he will get his head handed to him, and that will be what he de­serves. [But] it’s a free coun­try.”

McDaniel could also be a can­di­ate for Rep. Steven Palazzo’s (R-04) seat. Palazzo was re­cently named a top tar­get by the Club for Growth. (Roll Call)
Sarah Mimms