May 27th, 2014
03:19 PM ET
3 months ago

New ads in nasty Mississippi GOP primary battle

Bixoli, Mississippi (CNN) - The Republican Senate primary race in Mississippi grew more intense Tuesday with the release of a new political ad, one week before voters head to the polls.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who's challenging longtime incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, put out a new spot responding to the senator's own negative ad last week.

"You've probably seen Thad Cochran's negative attack ads," McDaniel says in the new spot. "Newspapers call them shameless. I call them outrageous."

McDaniel's campaign describes the statewide ad buy as "significant."

The latest Cochran ad links McDaniel to the bizarre story involving a political blogger who allegedly took a picture of Cochran's wife in her nursing home bed for a political video. The blogger, as well as three other men, were arrested and face conspiracy charges.

Cochran's wife suffers from dementia and has lived in a nursing home for 14 years.

"It's the worst," the narrator says in the Cochran ad. The female voice then reads a headline from a recent news article: "Chris McDaniel supporter arrested for illegally photographing Thad Cochran's sick wife."

"Had enough?" the narrators asks.

"Rise up and say no to dirty politics," the narrator continues, urging viewers to support Cochran.

A spokesman for Cochran said the ad is running statewide.

McDaniel has all along stressed that his campaign had no involvement or knowledge in the plot.

"I am appalled by that act, as are the people of Mississippi. That's the bottom line, and that's where it should end," he said in an email blast over the weekend.

McDaniel, who enjoys the backing of many tea party activists, other grassroots conservatives, and some anti-establishment groups, is considered to have the best chance of any of the primary challengers from the right who have been trying to unseat incumbent GOP senators running for re-election this year. The primary race has attracted a lot of attention both in Mississippi and across the country, and has seen a bunch of spending by outside groups.

One of those groups is the Mississippi Conservatives PAC, a pro-Cochran outside group that has been running ads in support of the six-term senator since the beginning of the year. The commercial criticizes McDaniel for having the worst voting record of any current state senator in Mississippi the past four years.

"A state senator who doesn't show up for work. McDaniel has the worst attendance record in the state senate. Absent 118 times. Skipping votes on taxes, debt and spending. McDaniel even skipped an important pro-life to campaign in Washington, causing the amendment to fail by one vote," said the narrator in the spot.

The group says it will spend $300,000 to run the commercial statewide. The ad does not mention the recent scandal involving Cochran's wife.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which tends to support mainstream Republicans, has also run ads in support of Cochran. The Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, two DC-based anti-establishment groups, have spent big bucks backing McDaniel.

Most of the recent partisan polling in the primary race indicates that Cochran's the front runner for the nomination.


Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Had enough?" the narrators asks."

    Oh, absolutely I've had enough of TeaPer's.

    "Cochran's wife suffers from dementia and has lived in a nursing home for 14 years."

    Apparently GOPerville thrives on this stuff. You know. Taking photo's of a woman sitting in a nursing home. Kinda makes their day, seeing such anguish broadcast to voters relishing this stuff.

    At least Chris McDaniel seems to think so. Or did until the blogger got caught up in his own ... well, you get the picture. Now perhaps McDaniel can convince the folks that be to stop airing the disgusting ad to begin with. He'd come across more creditable.

    May 27, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Steve, New York City

    Would McDaniel really be any different than Sen Cochran?? Not sure - but that is for the good people of Mississippi to decide.

    Not sure if Washington will ever change. The NRA is laughing at another sickening tragedy - this time in California . . .I have no bones to pick with any law-abiding gun owner, especially folks from rural areas where it is a deep-rooted part of the culture. I have a HUGE PROBLEM with another emotionally disturbed person having had easy access to firearms. I'm afraid this won't change. . .and that poor dad out there in Cali . .I could barely watch his heart-wrenching anguish. . .the NRA leadership is just laughing all the way to the bank. They know they control Washington, they understand that this horrible event will spur gun sales and that 99% of our politicians of both political parties are too worthless and gutless to stand up to big money lobbyists!

    May 27, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. smith

    @Steve-Its the NRA`s fault a nut went out and stabbed to death three women? You do know his first three victims weren`t killed with a gun?

    May 27, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein

    May they both spend money attacking each other leaving them broke for the general election. I don't think that either of them should be in the US Senate.

    May 27, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Miss, get rid off all republican junk. God bless!!!

    May 27, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. jeff

    Needs to get a different hobby.

    May 27, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    @smith. The remaining victims were killed with a gun, so is this a question of numbers for you? Where do we hit the outrage threshold for you? Let us know what it is. Apparently 20 dead 6-year olds in CT was not enough, so I guess we're wasting our time.

    May 27, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "McDaniel, who enjoys the backing of many tea party activists,"

    Of course he does: he's repeatedly said racist and sexist things and likes to attend neo-confederate secessionist gatherings.

    May 27, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    ""A state senator who doesn't show up for work. McDaniel has the worst attendance record in the state senate. Absent 118 times. Skipping votes on taxes, debt and spending. McDaniel even skipped an important pro-life to campaign in Washington, causing the amendment to fail by one vote," "

    How is that "nasty"? Current job performance in the state legislature is entirely fair game.

    May 27, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. smith

    @Tom P-Yes, Three with a gun and three with a knife. So why are only talking about guns? You can`t stop violence, all you can do is contain it and live with it.

    May 27, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Steve, New York City

    @ Smith
    Hello Smith.
    I think that The Real Tom Paine has put a great deal more critical thinking into his comment, versus yours.
    Very Truly Yours,
    Steve, New York City.

    May 27, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |