GOP official at center of election dispute charged with DUI

The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson is reporting GOP official Pete Perry was arrested in Leake County on Saturday night on a charge of driving under the influence.

Perry has been in the thick of the Chris McDaniel-Thad Cochran GOP debacle for weeks. He was the man a Tea Party official called after she and three others were locked in the Hinds County courthouse in the wee hours after the June 3 Primary.

Lately, he has been the point man for the GOP in explaining potential problems with the Hinds County vote. The McDaniel campaign has been trying to find enough Democrats who voted in the Democratic Primary and the GOP Runoff (illegal under Mississippi law) to invalidate the vote and get a new election. Perry has said a lot of those alleged crossovers were actually clerical errors.

Here are the details from the C-L and Sam Hall