WHERE: Jason's Deli (map)
3473 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
WHEN: Thursday, January 22nd (6:30 - 8:30 PM).
He will be speaking about the future of the Republican Party establishment and how he thinks we should proceed in trying to steer them in the right direction. He believes the key is State and local engagement. Come to hear more and come with your questions!
McDaniel graduated with honors from Jones County Junior College and received his B.S. with honors from William Carey University. After graduating from William Carey in 1994, McDaniel entered the University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1997 with a Juris Doctor degree.
McDaniel ran for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Thad Cochran. McDaniel was vocal about his intention to repeal Obamacare, if elected, and stated his intention to work toward lowering the national debt. During his campaign, McDaniel stated: "Washington is broken, and it is clear Mississippi voters are looking for a change. For too long, career politicians in Washington have allowed our national debt to grow out of control". He had been endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC which spent $3.1 million or nearly half of the $7.8 million which it spent in all of 2014 only on this issue, and the Tea Party Express. On June 3, 2014, in the Republican primary McDaniel received 49.5% and incumbent U.S. Senator Cochran received 49%, forcing a June 24, 2014, run-off election. McDaniel lost the run-off taking 49% of the vote to Cochran's 51%
In the aftermath, McDaniel and his campaign claimed that there were indications of voter fraud, and insisted that about 3,300 Democrats voted in the run-off for Cochran, and were investigating whether the crossover voting violated any laws in Mississippi. On July 2, 2014, McDaniel wrote in a fundraising pitch that “Last week’s runoff election was a sham, plain and simple,” and charged that Cochran “stole” the nomination. A day after the election results were certified by the state party, Senator Ted Cruz and tea party groups backed an investigation of what they alleged to be voter fraud in the run-off election. Cruz also told reporters that groups aligned with the Cochran campaign, ran racially-offensive ads designed to persuade black voters to vote against McDaniel. On July 17, the Mississippi State Supreme Court rejected McDaniel’s request for access to poll books without having voters birth dates blacked out, which his attorneys argued were needed to identify alleged fraudulent votes.
Unfortunately, On August 2014, a Mississippi judge dismissed McDaniel’s challenge. Then, on October 24, 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's dismissal in a 4-2 decision.
McDaniel resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.