By Dot Ward
Let me say at the outset that Thad and Rose Cochran are friends of ours….Thad and Erwin, my husband, were in law school at Ole Miss together. We have nothing but the highest respect for Thad and have voted for him every time he has run. Quite truthfully, I was disappointed that he decided to run again and didn’t retire and rest on his laurels.
These are the reasons why I’m voting for Chris McDaniel: My personal feeling is that it’s time for Thad to retire. (Thad’s a year older than I am and that’s OLD) and I don’t believe he has the mental capacity or physical stamina to serve another six years. That’s why he’s reluctant to debate Chris McDaniel, speak before the editorial board of the Clarion-Ledger or any other newspaper, be interviewed on radio, or make very many public appearances. Additionally, I feel like 42 years (36 years in the Senate and 6 years in the U.S. House of Representatives) is too long for any elected representative to serve…. The founding fathers never intended for an elected position to become a lifetime career.
I’ve heard some people say that we need Thad because he’s brought so much money to Mississippi. Yes, he has. But over the 42 years he’s been in Washington, the U.S. national debt has grown from $427 billion to over $17.5 trillion. That’s over $150,000 worth of debt per taxpayer. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see us indebted to China (45 cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed) and I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be burdened with the taxation that it will take to keep the country afloat. Thad voted to increase the debt limit 11 times over the last 24 years and while he may become chairman of Appropriations again, if elected, things have changed. There are no longer the earmarks that allowed him to get a lot of those appropriations and the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” way of doing things can no longer be tolerated.
I also predict that, if elected, Thad will not serve a full six-year term, probably less than two years. He’ll retire and the Republican Party of MS will appoint someone to fill the seat. (So much for seniority!) I don’t know who that person will be, but I do have a problem with the process. The PEOPLE ought to have the say in who will be the next senator from Mississippi! Party politics has damaged the election process and the growing perception that people have of the shenanigans that go on behind closed doors creates distrust. I’ve always believed that everything that’s done should be what’s best for the country and not what’s best for “the party.”
I hate to see mudslinging and outright disinformation used in any campaign. This discourages others from running for office and deprives the party of future leadership. I also dislike seeing elected Republicans (whom
I voted for) use the power of their office to endorse one Republican candidate over another in a primary.
Chris is a staunch Reagan conservative and strong constitutionalist and that’s what makes him different from Thad. He’s a solid, energetic, highly intelligent, Christian young man with a lovely wife and two adorable little boys. If elected, he will represent Mississippi well.
I hope you’ll watch the interviews with Glen Beck and Mark Levin and avail yourself of the opportunity to meet Chris personally. Believing that it’s time for a change, I’ll cast my vote on June 3 for Chris McDaniel.
Dot Ward is a resident of Madison, Mississippi