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    2 Jul 2014

    Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) top campaign operatives hung up on numerous members of the national media after a press conference call Wednesday. The call was intended to rebut state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s campaign’s allegations of voter fraud in Mississippi’s GOP primary runoff. Instead, it turned into a circus.

    “Quick question,” an unidentified man interrupted senior Cochran campaign adviser Austin Barbour on the press call.
    “You’ll have an opportunity to ask a question at the end of the call,” Barbour fired back. “Listen, I will give everyone an opportunity to ask a question when we get through. We’ll be happy to answer any questions from any members of the media.”As Barbour tried to get going again with his message, the man interrupted him again: “I’d like to know if black people were harvesting cotton, why do you think it’s okay to harvest their votes? They’re not animals. Why are you treating black people like they’re animals?”

    “Sir, I don’t know where you’re calling from,” Barbour responded. “But I’m happy to address any question, no matter the lunacy of it, when we get to the end of this call.”

    “Why did you use black people to try to get Cochran elected when they’re not even Republicans, and you’re treating them as if they’re just idiots because they’ll vote for Cochran just because they’re black,” the unidentified man followed up. “Why’d you harvest those votes?”

    Barbour again attempted to ignore the question. “So, listen, here’s what we’re going to do,” he told the reporters on the line. “We’re going to keep trying to go through this call, and if there’s individuals who decided that they want to hijack this call, we’ll just let it get through with it and I’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.”

    “I just gave you one,” the man interjected yet again. “Why do you treat black people like because they’re black they’re going to vote for Cochran?”

    Seemingly unfazed, Barbour trudged onward. “So the members of the national media who participated in this call, you’ve got my cell phone and you’ve got my email address,” Barbour said. “You’ve got Jordan Russell’s cell phone and you’ve got Jordan Russell’s email. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions. We tried to do this as a courtesy to the national media, so if you have any questions, please feel free to call us.”

    At that point, one such unidentified male national reporter interjected: “One quick question—one quick legitimate question.”

    “I’m sorry but the call is ending,” Barbour said, as he and Russell hung up their phones.

    A female reporter then said, as Barbour hung up the phone: “Let him talk!”

    “That’s why I tried to interrupt,” the thus-far unidentified reporter, who had tried to ask a “quick legitimate question,” responded.

    “If you wouldn’t have interrupted he wouldn’t have ended it,” the female reporter responded.

    “He was ending it,” the male reporter said.

    “But we were all listening,” the female reporter replied. “We were all listening, and you were being rude.”

    “I wasn’t the one that was saying stuff about cotton,” the male reporter retorted. “I didn’t say a word until just now.”

    For the next nearly ten minutes, several senior national media reporters remained on the line discussing what just happened with each other—in seeming disbelief.

    “I don’t know who’s all on this phone call, but if you consider yourself to be a responsible member of the media, learn how to conduct yourself when a political campaign is holding a conference call,” one male national reporter said.

    “Give the man a chance to answer your question at the end of his presentation.”

    Reporters discussed who they thought the unidentified man who asked the cotton question was, and one threw out the suggestion that it was independent journalist Charles C. Johnson—the man behind a series of mischievous stories in Mississippi—but then another reporter interjected: “No, it was not Chuck Johnson.”

    While Johnson didn’t ask those questions, he did tweet out details of the conference call, including the call-in number and passcode.

    Another reporter suggested it was a McDaniel supporter: “If he was a Chris supporter, he didn’t do Chris any favors.”
    Reporters discussed that for about another minute, before another reporter then jumped in and said, “Who knows, it could have been a plant? It could have been a Cochran campaign plant.”

    A second reporter concurred: “Yeah, it could have been that too.”

    Reporters who were on the call include this reporter, Johnson, a woman from the Wall Street Journal, a woman from the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman, The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, reporters from Politico, and scores of other media outlets.

    The McDaniel campaign seized on the happenings with the call to note that the Cochran campaign seems to be in “disarray.” McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch told Breitbart News:

    With the allegations of criminal misconduct surrounding Cochran's Democrat effort piling up, it's no wonder his campaign is in a state of wild disarray. The Republican party in Mississippi should have no problem speaking up and fighting to maintain electoral integrity and championing conservative, Republican values. Sadly, though, the Cochran campaign needed over 40,000 votes from liberal Democrats to win a Republican primary, which might explain why they're not so keen on championing conservative, Republican values.

    The McDaniel campaign also called on Sen. Cochran himself—not political consultants working for him—to step up and address these matters.

    “It's time for Thad Cochran to return to Mississippi to take control of his campaign to address the allegations of criminal conduct surrounding his questionable strategy of acquiring votes from Democrats,” Fritsch said.

    After the call, Russell tweeted out two separate statements: “Legitimate members of the media that were not able to be at the press conference in Jackson, you know where to find us if you need us,” he tweeted, adding: “The plus side of that episode is now the national media sees what type of people we have to deal with day to day.”

    An audio recording of the call can be heard below:

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    Mississippi Burning: 3300! Cochran to Resign? True The Vote Sues, Barbour Investigated, and More!

    By Gary P Jackson

    I lot has happened in the last 24 hours, more than I can keep up with, even after pulling an all-nighter!

    ****For starters, the McDaniel campaign has now identified 3300 illegal votes with only half of the counties canvased. It seems highly likely they may find enough invalidated votes to overturn the results of the election, especially if what has been said about absentee votes is true.

    Of course, McDaniel doesn’t actually need to find enough illegal votes to overturn the election, to prevail here. You see, as backwards as Mississippi’s voting system seems to be, they actually have very strong laws against vote fraud, laws with teeth!

    There’s an interesting concept here at play. By law, all Chris McDaniel has to do is provide enough evidence of fraud to taint the vote. In Mississippi the evidence of significant fraud can force a new election to be held. It would seem, that with 3300 illegal votes so far, we may have met that threshold. Time will tell.

    From Charles C Johnson:
    Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson

    REPORT from credible source: Cochran is planning to resign if a special election is called.. #mssen
    8:14 PM - 1 Jul 2014

    This is an interesting development. Resigning might just save Cochran from legal action, maybe. It also gives the Corrupt Republican Establishment™ a chance to appoint one of their cronies to fill-out the rest of Cochran’s unexpired term.

    Now unless McDaniel is the one appointed to fill Cochran’s unexpired term [almost zero chance that will happen] whoever is appointed will not be able to run in November. The Republican candidate would be McDaniel. However, the Republicans could do a lot of damage to McDaniel. You know democrats would run ads claiming McDaniel is so undesirable that he was not appointed to Senate by the Governor.

    If the source is correct, and Cochran is thinking of resigning, we pretty much know he’s guilty of everything alleged.

    Catherine Engelbrecht, the brave Texas warrior from True The Vote who has been attacked viciously by the Obama regime, filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them, so that the election material from the June 24 Republican primary runoff can be inspected.
    Here’s a copy of the lawsuit for readers to look over: AT Link.

    Breibart’s Big Government has more here.

    If you missed Hannity Tuesday night:

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    Who alleged 'walking around money vote buyers?' Dem Party chair in Mississippi

    Bryan Fischer - Guest Columnist

    Thursday, July 03, 2014

    Cole’s testimony, of course, has particular weight coming as it does from the head of the entire Democratic Party in Mississippi.

    Rickey Cole is the chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

    During the run-up to the June 24 run-off election in Mississippi, between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, Cole commented on what the Cochran campaign was labeling a “get out the vote” outreach. Cole’s perspective is radically different. According to The Clarion-Ledger, Cole used his Facebook page to send this message to a reporter from the Wall Street Journal: “Large sums of cash are being passed around. These guys are old-school ‘walking around money’ vote buyers.” (Emphasis mine.)

    Tweet to @BryanJFischer Earlier this week, the explosive accusations of Pastor Stevie Fielder surfaced. He claims that he was given envelopes of cash to hand out to prospective voters to entice them to go to the polls and pull the lever for Thad Cochran on June 24. Since vote-buying is illegal, and under state law would require Cochran to drop out of the race, the allegations, if true, would be a major game-changer in this highly charged political atmosphere.

    Fielder’s accusations are certainly consistent with Cole’s bold assertion that wads of cash were being used to buy votes, all of which could explain the startling fact that turnout was up 40 percent in predominantly black counties on June 24.

    Cole’s testimony, of course, has particular weight coming as it does from the head of the entire Democratic Party in Mississippi. Cole would certainly be in a position to know what the “walking around money” was being used for and is by all accounts a man of unimpeachable integrity.

    However, Cochran’s campaign has vigorously denied the allegations of vote-buying, calling them “baseless and false.”
    Cochran’s camp is even threatening to sue Fielder and the journalist who interviewed him, although they are not sure for what.
    One other possible wrinkle: Democratic operative James “Scooby Doo” Warren told The Clarion-Ledger on June 17 that he was putting together a get-out-the-vote plan and “putting it in place across the whole state,” but was doing his work for Haley Barbour’s Mississippi Conservatives PAC and not for the Cochran campaign itself. That creates a certain amount of plausible deniability for the Cochran campaign, which can then claim that if anybody was buying votes, it wasn’t them doing it.

    Now Fielder, pastor or not, is not necessarily a man of sterling character, having gotten in legal trouble in 2006. Similar problems attach themselves to the representative of the Cochran campaign who gave him the money, Saleem Baird, who ran afoul of the law for running an illegal strip club in Jackson in 2011.

    So, in sum, there are two public assertions, one certainly more substantive than the other, that vote-buying was going on, and we have one energetic denial.

    Both sides stipulate that envelopes full of cash were floating around. Fielder and Cole say the purpose of that cash was to buy votes. Cochran’s camp says the cash was not to buy the vote but to turn out the vote.

    It is certainly possible that one man’s “vote buying” campaign is another’s “get out the vote” campaign.That is, what better way to get people out to vote than by paying them to do it?

    A Republican strategist indicated to me that it is highly unusual for a campaign to pay its “get out the vote” personnel in cash. As campaign workers, they are typically paid by check (perhaps in order to avoid even the appearance of vote buying), with taxes withheld and so forth, as evidence that the money was paid for actual campaign work and not to buy votes. So while a cash-and-carry operation does not necessarily mean anything all by itself, it is unusual and allows a cloud of suspicion to linger.

    Now Fielder was interviewed extensively by a journalist, Charles Johnson, and a research associate of his. Cochran’s camp can help clarify matters by providing some of its “get out the vote” personnel who also received envelopes with cash in them but who didn’t use any of it to buy votes.

    The Cochran camp should begin by making Baird available to the press for some direct questioning. Oddly, Baird, the man at the center of this dust storm, seems to have disappeared and has yet to make himself available to the media.

    If two or three of these campaign folks, including Baird, would make themselves available to journalists for extensive interviews, as Fielder did, and their stories hold up under direct questioning, perhaps they can persuade the public that no vote-buying occurred and that Rickey Cole is a sadly mistaken man.

    As things stand now, we are not in a position to know the truth. Fielder could help establish his credibility as a whistleblower by bringing forward other pastors with stories similar to his own, and the Cochran camp can obviously help its case by bringing forward Baird and others to tell their stories.

    Did massive vote-buying occur? Probably, since we have no reason to doubt the chairman of the Democratic party. Can it be proved? Maybe, maybe not.

    Time is short, as counties were scheduled to certify election results yesterday (July 1) and the election itself must be certified by July 7. That will leave just 12 days for any legal challenges to be filed before the books are closed. Here’s hoping that between now and then the truth will out.

    Bryan Fischer is director of issues analysis for the American Family Association. He hosts "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central).

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