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February 13, 2016

Super PAC Hits McDaniel on Hurricane Katrina Relief

A super PAC boosting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is hitting the senator’s tea party primary opponent for comments he made on Hurricane Katrina relief.

Mississippi Conservatives, an independent-expenditure-only committee, will air a pair of television and radio ads throughout the state, criticizing state Sen. Chris McDaniel for saying that a vote on Hurricane Katrina relief would not be “an easy vote to cast.”

“After Hurricane Katrina, Senator Cochran fought for us, pushing emergency relief funding through Congress. But when trial lawyer Chris McDaniel was asked how he would have voted on Katrina relief, his response was, ‘I don’t know,'” a narrator says in the 30-second television spot.

“Chris McDaniel. We just can’t count on him,” the ad says.

The ads are backed by a $100,000 buy, according to a source tracking media buys in the state. They will air on broadcast, cable and radio stations over the next few weeks in the Biloxi and Hattiesburg markets — two of the areas hit the hardest by Hurricane Katrina in the state.

McDaniel, whose primary bid is backed by outside groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, is giving Cochran his toughest re-election challenge in 30 years.

The ads demonstrates that Cochran’s supporters bet Mississippi’s dependence on federal aid will boost his re-election.

No matter who wins the June 3 primary, Mississippi’s Senate seat is likely to stay in Republican hands. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the state by an 11-point margin in 2012.

This race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    Although we rely upon the geniuses among us to create the gadgets, gizmos, and gasoline we depend upon, genius becomes bottled up and useless when centralized restrictions limit liberty.

  • Hitched

    Adam Smith first realized that we had stumbled upon ways to cooperate which enabled us to overcome the limits of our own personal knowledge.

  • Hetero Lingo

    Since coercion may be necessary in certain instances, the rule of law is also used to define the types and amounts of coercion that can be legally used by agents and administrators of the state.

  • Barryjohn7714

    This issue is simply diversion by the Cochran/Barbour machine from the
    real issues. Everyone knows that Senator McDaniel would never vote
    against disaster relief for Mississippi. Everyone agrees there has been
    some shady deals done with Katrina relief money like in the Harrison
    Co. Utility Authority.

    THE REAL ISSUE IS who should be in OUR US Senate seat in Washington to
    fight against the Washington/Obama Executive Branch Ruling Class
    stealing our individual liberties and private property rights daily.
    EPA puts people in jail for moving around the dirt on their property.

    IRS attacks political adversaries.
    The Secretary of Defense (approved by Cochran) is destroying our military.
    The useless Department of Education is taking over our local schools.
    current Regime in Washington is sending billions of our tax dollars to
    countries that hate us. He calls it aid and they call it tribute.

    The current Regime has joined the side that wants to destroy Israel.
    The Obama/Democrat Regime wants to take your property and more of your earnings and give it to their voters.
    SOUND! Everyone knows that Senator Chris McDaniel will go to Washington
    and make a very noisy stand for our freedom and property rights. WE
    that is now being controlled by a president that 60% of Americans
    disagree with. The actions of the Regime in Washington have changed the
    job description of US Senator from Mississippi. The job is no longer to
    bring home as much of other people’s money as you can. The job is now
    to fight the Washington elite ruling class to restore individual liberty
    and private property rights.


    Barry Neyrey

  • Beau Johnson

    First, Chris is not a trial lawyer
    2nd, Maybe people should hear the interview that was used in that commercial in the entirety instead of a half second clip, because what Chris said was he wanted to make sure that was no pork money going to states that wasn’t touched by the hurricane.
    That whole commercial reeks of desperate a old man and the GOP establishment that is scared their days of wrecking this country is over. That whole commercial is nothing more than a page out of the liberal play book, which its Thad Cochran, the man that voted to fund Obamacare and wont fight Common Core. An old tire coward. Time for some new blood. Time for a change. The time is now, and it is time for Chris McDaniel to join Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul to help take this country back from the liberals and progressives that have ruined it.

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