Chris McDaniel’s campaign staff has been very sure that the has not been embroiled in any controversy, no matter how involved his staffers and supporters seem to be. Recently, “Constitutional Clayton,” a right-wing blogger and McDaniel supporter, was arrested after breaking into an assisted living facility to photograph McDaniel opponent Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife for a smear video.
The vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party was arrested along with Tea Partiers Richard Sager and John Beachmen Mary to stand trial for conspiracy (and other charges) with relation to the plan to photograph Rose Cochran.
Chris McDaniel’s campaign manager also seems to have had foreknowledge of Clayton Kelly’s arrest before any news of the breakin broke. Campaign manager Melanie Sojourner called and left a voicemail for Cochran manager Kirk Sims at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday to offer condolences and said that she had been concerned since “Friday night,” before the news broke. The controversy surrounding Chris McDaniel’s campaign has been so worrisome for the Tea Party, that they are even asking ‘Patriots’ not to discuss it!
Janis Lane, President of the Central Mississippi Tea Party–once again, with ties to McDaniel, somehow ended up in the locked and empty Hinds County Courthouse late Tuesday night–along with Scott Brewster, a McDaniel campaign official, and Rob Chambers, a consultant with the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission, who has worked with McDaniel on the fight against the liberal indoctrination machine that is Common Core.
“There is not a circumstance where any individual that doesn’t work for the county should be in a county building not accompanied by a county employee after hours,” said District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham. “Specifically, not accompanied by an election commissioner on election night. If you’re in the building and you have to do with elections, you should be with a commissioner.”
At around 2 a.m., Lane called Hinds County Republican executive chairman Pete Perry with a claim that somehow she was locked in the very same building in which ballots are stored. Lane claimed that she and a friend wanted to see the election process firsthand, and were escorted to an unlocked door by a uniformed officer. when they entered, the door locked behind them, according to the Tea Party official.
Perry said Lane had called him earlier to ask about the election results. “It just didn’t make sense. It didn’t compute,” Perry said. “Now what she was doing, I have no idea. I couldn’t say. But I am skeptical,” Perry said.
Othor Cain, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said that, ” “There are conflicting stories from the three of them, which began to raise the red flag, and we’re trying to get to the bottom of it. No official charges have been filed at this point, but we don’t know where the investigation will lead us.”
After investigating, Cain said in a statement that, “Our investigation revealed that the three individuals were able to enter the courthouse through a side door marked for employees only. This door was either propped open or was malfunctioning at the time of entry.”
Cain said the three only had access to the common areas of the courthouse, including hallways and bathrooms. No matter what, though, Cain said that the trio’s claim that a uniformed officer let them in. “It’s a fabrication that someone pointed them to a door. I think that’s a total misrepresentation of fact,” Cain said. “None of our guys let anybody in.”
“It’s important to note that Janis Lane’s story and the other officials’ stories continue to change through the investigation,” Cain said. “They changed within five minutes, which caused us to be even more deliberate and determined to find out what was going on.”
However, the investigation turned up nothing of substance.
“Based on our findings, the door in question closed behind them upon entry and they proceeded to look for individuals that were counting ballots in an effort to assist. After not finding anyone in the building it is then they called for assistance to get out,” the statement said.
Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn said that the trio would not have been able to tamper with the ballots. All ballots, including absentee ballots, were placed in a vault in her office between 11 and 11:30 p.m. “It would be very hard for anyone to get into my vault,” Dunn said. “And I have an alarm system that is turned on that would make a loud sound if anyone opens the vault.”
h/t: Liberal America
“The McDaniel campaign, they seem to always be on the wrong side of a door,” said former Gov. Haley Barbour. “Have you ever heard of a group of people who were in places they weren’t supposed to be more often?”