A “scandal” a day predicted from now to election day.
I continue to hope that there will be a complete and total resolution of who did what and who did or did not coordinate it, as to the taping of Thad Cochran’s wife in a nursing home. As of this writing, there is no publicly available information that the campaign of Chris McDaniel was involved.
Because the Cochran campaign deliberately delayed going to authorities for weeks, the issue was not completely put to bed by the time of the June 3 primary. That uncertainty — even if completely speculative — continues to fuel pro-Cochran messaging, suggesting concern that there may be a shoe to drop after the runoff.
In that regard, when am I going to get an answer to my question, asked repeatedly since the taping scandal broke, What did the @NRSC know, and when did it know it?.
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 4, 2014
I may have to escalate my Twitter campaign to get an answer if none is forthcoming soon.
Yesterday a “scandal” broke that a McDaniel campaign coordinator and two others were locked in the courthouse after hours on election night (actually after midnight) where the ballots were counted.
This led to all sorts of accusations by Haley Barbour and the Cochran campaign supporters that there was criminal activity.
— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) June 5, 2014
Big problem w/ McDaniel camp timeline – call wasn't made until 2AM. Almost 3 hrs after election officials had left. http://t.co/v5oarKb4iJ
— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) June 5, 2014
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) June 5, 2014
The investigation is concluded, and it was a big (if not strange) nothingburger, as reported by MSNBC:
No criminal charges will be filed against three supporters of Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, including one top aide, who were trapped inside a locked courthouse that housed primary ballots at 2 a.m. on election night.
“Based on our findings and subsequent conclusion, there is no reason to believe that the three individuals engaged in any criminal activity nor do we believe any laws were broken,” a statement by the Hinds County Sheriff’s office read on Thursday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the three McDaniel supporters gained access to the courthouse through an employees-only side door that was not meant to be open. Once it closed behind them, they found themselves trapped and searched the building in hopes of finding an employee who could help them leave. They never had access to any ballot boxes, which were in a secure locked area, the sheriff’s office said.
Othor Cain, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, had jousted with McDaniel’s campaign over the incident since Wednesday. Cain specifically disputed the McDaniel campaign’s official explanation that they had been let in the building by “uniformed personnel,” which he said was a “fabrication” given the lack of any officers on duty at the time.
The sheriff’s office, which announced an end to the investigation, reiterated that their findings contradicted the McDaniel campaign’s characterization of events even as it exonerated them from any criminal wrongdoing.
“Contrary to earlier reports, no uniformed personnel and more specifically, no employee of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office assisted these individuals with gaining access to the courthouse,” the statement read.
There are almost three weeks until the runoff election, so expect a scandal a day.
Here’s the latest, Buzzfeed determined that Wikipedia edits “appear to tie” one of those charged in the taping incident to the McDaniel campaign.
Alleged nursing home break-in conspirator appears to have coordinated w/McDaniel campaign to airbrush his Wikipedia. http://t.co/TSXKUNK73b
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 5, 2014
If accurate, this undermines McDaniel campaign's insistence that it never coordinated/worked with break-in suspects http://t.co/VgB7qaE569
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) June 5, 2014
Um, if true, so? Does that mean that McDaniel’s campaign was in on the taping?
Seriously, this is the type of nonsense that makes Cochran supporters look desperate.
If there’s proof that McDaniel’s campaign was in on the taping, then give the proof, and before the runoff.
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