In an interesting twist, this upcoming midterm election cycle might see not one but two Jones County, Mississippi natives battling for seats in the United States Senate. And not only are Chris McDaniel and Marsha Blackburn two of the most conservative candidates running this year but their respective races may be the two hottest races of the cycle.
Much of the political world is focused on Chris McDaniel’s possible challenge to Roger Wicker in Mississippi. McDaniel, who represents Jones County in the State Senate, is perhaps the state’s top conservative. The American Conservative Union awarded him its top award for his promotion of conservative values. His conservative bona fides are stellar and beyond reproach.
Unbeknownst to many, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is also a Jones County native. She was born in Laurel and attended Northeast Jones High School before graduating from Mississippi State. After moving to Tennessee, she was active in Republican Party politics, serving in the State Senate for six years and in the US House since 2003.
Blackburn’s conservative credentials are very good, especially on social issues. In the ACU’s ratings of members of Congress, she scored 100 percent in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009. However, her Liberty Score with Conservative Review is but a 78, a “C” with a tendency to vote for too much spending, and other issues, by their scale but she is 100 percent on the Second Amendment and Immigration, and that’s still far higher than retiring Senator Bob Corker, who comes in with an “F” at 47.
But she is a solid pro-lifer. So much so that she has been vilified by the Left for her strong stand. Her announcement ad was briefly blocked by Twitter because she stated that she “stopped Planned Parenthood from selling baby body parts,” which Twitter denounced as “inflammatory” before reversing their decision. Planned Parenthood has denied they ever participated in such a gruesome practice (except being caught on video admitting to it).
The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be a very interesting and exciting election year, for Mississippi, Tennessee, and the rest of the country. May our “revolution” succeed.