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CRAWFORD: Cochran has always represented state interests, not PACS'



By Bill Crawford

History shows that our founding fathers struggled to determine how states should be represented in Congress.

“During the summer of 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia established equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives,” says the official U.S. Senate web site. “Called the ‘Great Compromise’ or the ‘Connecticut Compromise,’ this unique plan for congressional representation resolved the most controversial aspect of the drafting of the Constitution.”

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“As early as 1776, Connecticut’s Roger Sherman had suggested that Congress represent the people as well as the states. During the 1787 convention, Sherman proposed that House representation be based on the population, while in the Senate, the states would be equally represented.” Delegates narrowly approved Sherman’s plan.

The point of this history lesson is that our Constitution intends for Senators to represent their states’ interests while Representatives represent the interests’ of the people in their districts.

This constitutional intent is relevant to this summer’s Senate primary election.

On one hand we have the challenger, espousing this and that in the name of the Constitution, but exhibiting little commitment to actually represent Mississippi’s interests.

On the other hand we have the incumbent, with a record showing reliable representation of Mississippi’s interests in military, agriculture, education, energy, and business matters.

Challenger Chris McDaniel was interviewed and vetted by out-of-state Super PACS the Club for Growth and Senate Conservative Action… Super PACS with national agendas. They seek Senators who, beholden to them, put their interests first, not Mississippi’s. They are the principal funders and promoters of McDaniel’s campaign.

Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran was recruited to run for Congress in 1972 by Mississippians. He is beholden only to Mississippi and has consistently voted for the interests of his state. No doubt that is why Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders stand with Sen. Cochran.

McDaniel and his Super PAC allies claim Cochran is liberal. “Sen. Cochran has a liberal voting record,” proclaimed Club for Growth national president Chris Chocola.

Former Gov. Haley Barbour called Chocola’s claim “fraudulent,” pointing to a voting record that shows Cochran to be a consistent conservative. For example, he voted against the stimulus bill, for sequestration, and for the Budget Control Act; he has an A+ rating from NRA; he cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act; he voted 102 times to defund or repeal Obamacare; and so on.

But, yes, Cochran has been a champion of the Farm Bill since Mississippi has important agricultural and forestry interests; obtaining federal relief after Hurricane Katrina; and keeping our military bases safe from closure.

Reckon the Club for Growth or Senate Conservative Action Super PACS would fight for these or other Mississippi interests? Or let their beholden senator do so?

Vote accordingly.


Bill Crawford (crawfolk@gmail.com) is a syndicated columnist from Meridian.



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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.


  1. Thad has contributed to a massive amount of debt. He’s embarrassed Mississippi, and has done little or nothing, except throw tax payers’ money to it. Chris McDaniel is around Mississippi talking to voters, whether they’re for him or against him, to explain what he represents. He’s always voted conservative. If Thad is so conservative, why is he ranked in the 40’s year in and out as the most conservative senator?

    If you are republican, how can you POSSIBLY be ok with what our party is doing in Washington DC. Thad is a MAJOR part of the problem. Sorry, ut the US senate effects the entire country, and not just our state.

  2. Man all you accomplished was showing that you can’t tell full thruths. I don’t see Cochran fighting to keep the Air Force C-130s at Keesler. I don’t see Cochran helping education in MS. Chris fought against Common Core and for Special Education and charter schools. Thad will vote for any bill with tons of pork so Mississippi will continue to suck at the teat of federal money. No actual growth on its own. Mississippi had struggled since the end of the Civil War and continues to struggle today, with no help from Cochran. As long as federal money comes in that’s all Cochran cares for. Chris McDaniel sees the potential this state has when it stands on it’s own feet. And that is what has liberals, establishment, and the liberal media scared and desperate for attacks. You people know that the party is over. You know the pockets of the establishment can’t be filled if Mississippi thrives without federal money. Chris McDaniel fights for the people, for liberty, and our God given rights.

    Where’s Cochran’s record on strong government influence? Why won’t Cochran debate? Is he scared? We all know Barbour is the one running for senate, not Cochran. This is more trash politics by the party bosses. No more. It’s time for a change. It’s time for a champion of Liberty. It’s time for Chris McDaniel.

  3. So you think Thad has Mississippi’s best interst at heart and isn’t working for Haley’s pocketbook? You really are a Cochran stooge repeating the Haley manidated narrative. Haley is more an outsider. He’s all about outside money. But you paint him as a former governor living out his days in Mississippi. We know he lives in DC and answers to his own Washington influences. But again, facts don’t matter to you a instead you just keep posting nonsense.

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