Chris McDaniel continues to tour the Coast as the Mississippi runoff election draws near. News 25 met up with McDaniel and supporters Monday night to discuss his experience running thus far and his plans once in office. McDaniel's battle for Mississippi's Senate seat continues here on the Coast.
At a rally Monday night, McDaniel explained his strong conservative values which he says separate him from incumbent, Thad Cochran. McDaniel says, “I don't think it necessary to work across party lines to be effective in legislation. I think that's one of the problems we've had, we've been compromising way too often, surrendering way too often. There's no part of that constitution I'm willing to compromise.”
McDaniel's beliefs have been deemed as "extreme" in attack ads by his opponents. Another focus of the ads is McDaniel's history as a personal injury lawyer. At Monday night’s rally, one of these “cases” spoke out to set the record straight. Billy Jack McDaniel says Chris worked hard to represent him in a personal injury case where Billy was severely burned on the job. Though there was a settlement, Billy says neither him nor McDaniel have the millions that the ad claims.
Billy says, “People are asking me to put their kids through college. It’s crazy. I can't do that. So I'm here sacrificing, just as Chris McDaniel sacrificed for me.” Billy is back on the Coast this week to tell his story of how Chris McDaniel helped him put his life back together. Billy is just one of many with stories News 25 heard Monday night about Chris McDaniel. Mississippi Senator, Tony Smith, says when he was elected into office, Chris was the first State Senator to call.
Smith says, “He taught me a lot, sort of taught me the ropes, and I admire his work ethic. He works hard, he understands what he's doing, and he's really helped us a lot, a lot of the freshman.” McDaniel will face Thad Cochran in the runoff election on June 24th.