On Wednesday March 14, about 20 local activists representing FreedomWorks and the Mississippi Tea Party held a press conference in the State Capitol building to call on Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint Chris McDaniel as a successor to Sen. Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate.
Referring to the behind-the-scenes politics that sabotaged McDaniel in his 2014 primary runoff against Cochran, FreedomWorks senior fellow Rev. C.L. Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger:
"The people of Mississippi have already spoken as far as Chris McDaniel is concerned, and we do believe the logical choice for the replacement of Thad Cochran is the person the people of Mississippi have already voted for."
Chairwoman of the Mississippi Tea Party, Laura Van Overschelde, told The Clarion-Ledger:
"We are simply suggesting -strongly- that the governor do what we see as the right thing to do."
Highlights from the press conference can be viewed here:
Speakers included FreedomWorks senior fellow Rev. CL Bryant, Mississippi Tea Party chairwoman Laura Van Overschelde, and vice chairman of the Tate County Republican Club Mike Bostic.