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County Official: 'Too Many Unanswered Questions' In Courthouse Caper

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"If it had been a thorough investigation they would have at least talked to the first person that was called once the individuals found out that they were locked in the building," Graham said. "They called our maintenance man, I just finished talking with him 30 minutes ago —and our maintenance man said that he had looked over at the clock because he knew it had to be in the middle of the morning and his clock said 3:12. He also has a county phone and he showed him this county phone where his county phone, there was a call from a county building at 3:12. ... Nobody ever talked with him."

TPM pointed out that Hinds County Republican executive chairman Pete Perry had previously said that he was the first one to receive a call from the three McDaniel supporters locked in the building — Central Mississippi Tea Party President Janis Lane, McDaniel supporter Rob Chambers, and McDaniel campaign coalitions director Scott Brewster— at 2 a.m. CT. Graham said that the information he received said that Perry was the first one to receive a call from the trio, but Perry couldn't help them so Perry called the sheriff's department who called the maintenance man.

Graham said once you're inside the Hinds County Courthouse it's fairly easy to go virtually anywhere in the building.

McDaniel supporters have said that essentially anyone pushing an investigation are really doing it to help Cochran. But Graham said he's a Democrat and therefore isn't a Cochran supporter.

"I'm a Democrat. I'm a Democrat, I've run as a Democrat, I've been elected two times as a Democrat, I'm a lifelong Democrat," Graham said. "I've never voted Republican a day in my life."

Image: Hinds County Board of Supervisors website.

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Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.