Democrat pastor accuses thad cochran campaign of vote-for-pay scheme

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  1. Revmitchell

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    A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff – and that he was part of the scheme.
    Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridan, Mississippi, says Cochran's campaign “told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad.”
    Fielder, who was paid by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson for the story, provided a new outlet launched by Johnson—GotNews.com—with four text messages from a person purporting to be Cochran campaign staffer Saleem Baird.
    The messages cite an official Cochran campaign email [email protected] include detailed discussions of the campaign providing envelopes of money to distribute to people who vote.
    “Send me individual names and amounts along with home address to [email protected] and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you,” one message, sent three days before the runoff, says.
    Fielder said he helped distribute the Cochran cash for votes on a promise of eventually getting paid $16,000—and because a key Cochran campaign staffer convinced him that Cochran’s conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel was racist.
    “They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder said.

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    Obviously Cochran's campaign is going to deny this. But it looks like a pretty detailed story, too much so to be made up. Cochran is the typical kind of politician that needs to go, and go quickly, come November.
     
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    Do you suppose Tea Partiers will vote for the Democrat Travis Childers, in that election?
     
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    I'm thinking they will stay home.
     
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    That's what I thought at first. But the Tea Party (1773) was born out of anger and frustration. Maybe the low-handed tactics by Cochran will manifest itself as anger and action against him. It would be a message sent from the Tea Party if Cochran were to either win by much, much slimmer margins, or even lose the election.
     
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    Or his GOP opponent (who's name escapes me right now) could mount a write-in campaign.
     
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    No, but they won't have to consider such a ridiculous choice, either. Cochran's win was a fraud. Ineligible voters who had voted on the Democratic ticket June 3 plus this "pay for vote" scandal will overturn the runoff results.
     

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