I thought things were eerily quiet in here under the big tent of the media circus. Sen. Chris McDaniel has come through, though, with some pre-Independance Day fireworks.
He's offering a $1,000 reward for evidence of voter fraud. Wonderful. Can we just leap forward to the next teleconference?
Then we'll let McDaniel take it from here with his press release:
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Republican Chris McDaniel announced the launch of his "Election Integrity Challenge and Voter Fraud Reward" today.
The Challenge is aimed at funding fifteen $1,000 rewards which will be paid to individuals who provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud on or leading up to the June 24, 2014, Republican primary runoff election in Mississippi.
McDaniel issued the challenge on the heels of yet another allegation of criminal misconduct aimed at the Cochran campaign's effort to bring ineligible voters to the polls on June 24.
Hinds County Democratic Party Chairman Claude McInnis alleged that Cochran supporter and paid campaign operative Pete Perry "asked Democrats to help him 'break the law' by working together to accept Democratic voters who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and in Tuesday's GOP runoff." Perry also oversaw the GOP's primary in Hinds County.
Another allegation of criminal misconduct surfaced Monday when Rev. Stevie Fielder claimed to have been paid by the Cochran campaign to pay members of his church community $15 per person to vote for Sen. Cochran.
If anyone has evidence on voter fraud in connection with the runoff election they can email it toReward@mcdaniel2014.com or call in tips to 601-624-7748.
The Cochran camp Wednesday pretty much issued a blanket response to these allegations: "Put up or shut up."
And for those of you waiting for that infamous other shoe, McDaniel is asking supporters to pony up $15 to fund his "rewards." He calls the unproven allegations against Cochran a "scheme" but says his appeal for $15 is a "plan."
Sounds like a plan to me.