Mississippi, long a bastion of corruption and voter fraud, has had its reputation further tarnished in the recent Republican runoff election, which saw incumbent Senator Thad Cochran apparently defeat challenger Chris McDaniel. "Apparently", because ol' Thad and company seem to have paid black folks to vote for him, which sort of explains his comeback from an eight-point deficit leading up to the election.
In other words, establishment Republicans are just as dirty as establishment Democratics.
Yet, astoundingly, several GOP senators have actually expressed glee and approval of Cochran’s tactic for winning the primary.
Mississippi’s junior senator, Roger Wicker (R-MS), scoffed at the notion there is anything wrong with the insidious campaign tactics: “Going out and broadening the base of the party, asking more Mississippians to participate in the ballot that was going to determine the next senator? No, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” said Wicker.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) dismissed the concerns of conservatives: "I'm for more people voting, not less people voting."
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told the AZ Central that Cochran’s strategy was good for the party: "There are some people complaining that African-American voters voted. [But] I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans."
These boys have clearly lost touch not only with conservative values, but with the very concepts of right and wrong. They certainly don't represent the people whom they claim to support; paying people to vote for you is not only wrong, it's not only illegal, it's also immoral.
The new investigative site GotNews has the details on how the scam went down, and it involves a black "reverend" who was recruited to pay black voters to go on down and vote for Thad, and they have the phone records to prove it.
Text messages released to Got News and a recorded interview with Reverend Fielder confirmed that Saleem Baird, a staffer with the Cochran campaign and current legislative aide to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, and Cochran campaign manager, Kirk Sims, were involved in a $15-per-vote cash bribery scheme to target members of the black community.
The site's turning over evidence to law enforcement. Thad and his pals may be crowing now, but in all probability, Thad's days in the Senate are over, as state law requires his removal.