Teahadist Chris McDaniel ain’t going down without a fight:
Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate who lost the Mississippi Republican primary runoff, filed a legal challenge to the result on Monday, alleging that he fell short in the June 24 vote because of election fraud.
McDaniel submitted a 28-page legal challenge and supporting documentation with the state’s Republican Party, outlining what he claims are thousands of instances of voter fraud. The party’s executive committee has 10 days to decide whether to hear the case.
Joe Nosef, the state Republican Party chairman, said shortly after the filing that he had not yet reviewed the challenge and could not comment on what the committee intends to do.
If the committee fails to act, McDaniel would seek a judicial review in one of the state’s chancery courts, said his attorney, Mitch Tyner.
McDaniel lost the runoff to incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran by more than 7,667 votes. Cochran faces a Democratic opponent in the November general election.
According to the challenge, some 15,000 votes were fraudulently or inaccurately cast. The most egregious violations came from Hinds County, home of the state capitol, Jackson. The challenge requests results from Hinds County be omitted entirely.
“We anticipate that after they review the challenge that they’ll see that Chris McDaniel clearly, clearly won the Republican vote,” Tyner said at a news conference held outside his Jackson office. “I say that very assuredly because that’s what the mathematics show.”
Notwithstanding that it doesn’t matter who won the Republican vote because Mississippi has open primaries, something that still has not dawned on the McDaniel campaign, but what do they actually mean when they talk about the “Republican vote?” I’ll give you one guess, and I’m betting you all can nail it in one (WARNING- link to Tucker Carlson’s online commode):
Still refusing to concede, Chris McDaniel’s team issued a press release late last week saying that the Mississippi GOP is “prohibited from recognizing Thad Cochran as their nominee for U.S. Senate in accordance with the rules of the Republican National Committee” — because Democrats participated in his election.
But a first draft of that same release, obtained by The Daily Caller, twice called out “black Democrats” as the culprits.
While both references to “black” were stripped out of McDaniel’s public press release, the “1st Draft” refers to “black Democrats” and talks about Cochran campaign soliciting “black Democrat votes.”
“Thad Cochran lost Republican votes in the runoff, but made up the difference with black democrat votes,” the early version says.
I was really wrong about blah people having the summer off. At any rate, McDaniel has every reason to fight, fight, fight, and probably can find a friendly little court that will rule his way and keep this clusterfuck a rolling along, much to my amusement. And why does he have every reason to fight? Dollar dollar bill, yall:
Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new grifter—the political grifter. And the most important battle being waged today isn’t the one about which party controls the House or the Senate, it’s about who controls the Republican Party: the grifting wing or the governing wing.
Today’s political grifters are a lot like the grifters of old—lining their pockets with the hard-earned money of working men and women be promising things in return that they know they can’t deliver.
Political grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots are run by men and women who have made millions by playing on the fears and anger about the dysfunction in Washington. My former House colleague Chris Chocola is pocketing a half-million dollars a year heading the Club for Growth; same for Matt Kibbe heading up FreedomWorks (and I don’t think Kibbe’s salary includes the infamous craft beer bar that FreedomWorks donors ended up paying for). The Tea Party Patriots pay their head, Jenny Beth Martin, almost as much. These people have lined their pockets by promising that if you send them money, they will send men and women to Washington who can “fix it.” Of course, in the ultimate con, the always extreme and often amateurish candidates these groups back either end up losing to Democrats or they come to Washington and actually make the process even more dysfunctional.
Palin led the way- and made millions, and the grifters took note.