Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R-MS) campaign manger, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner (pictured), vowed to never endorse Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), who Sojourner said is guilty of using race baiting tactics in order to win the runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Sojourner, in her Facebook post, said the Cochran campaign told “out right lies [sic] and made vicious attacks against one of Mississippi’s most decorated conservative Republican champions” and added that Cochran “used race baiting tactics to take advantage of African-American voters all for the sake of holding onto a seat to feed their money grubbing, greedy, selfish egos.”
Sojourner’s criticism is similar to other McDaniel supporters who have charged that Cochran only won the runoff between McDaniel and Cochran through voter fraud and reaching out to African Americans and Democrats. McDaniel’s campaign and his supporters are currently gathering evidence in order to fight the election results.
Here’s the full text of Sojourner’s Facebook post:
Throughout my campaign and since I’ve repeatedly made comments about how I felt the Republican Party was doing itself a disservice by not reaching out to conservative African-Americans. Where I’m from, in rural Mississippi, I grew up knowing lots a God-fearing, hard-working, independent conservative minded African-American family’s. On the McDaniel Campaign we had two young men from just such family’s on our staff.
This is not what the Cochran campaign did. They did not reach out to African-American Democrats based on sharing a vision of conservative principles. No they abandon those beliefs, told out right lies and made vicious attacks against one of Mississippi’s most decorated conservative Republican champions and to make it worse used race baiting tactics to take advantage of African-American voters all for the sake of holding onto a seat to feed their money grubbing, greedy, selfish egos.
I’m really tired of hearing some say it’s just time we hold hands and get along for the sake of the party. A party that does not stand on conviction is no party at all. A party who abandons it’s core beliefs is no party at all. A party who launches heinous attacks against it’s on and takes advantage of others is no party at all. For me to ever endorse Cochran would be to say that I can accept or find it ok the tactics he used. That will simply never be the truth. Ever.