BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett
The National Chamber of Commerce has launched a new ad with an old theme against Senator Chris McDaniel. In it, they attempt to relaunch the brand of “trial lawyer” unsuccessfully promoted months ago by the Mississippi Conservatives PAC, a group organized to reelect Senator Thad Cochran.
To say this ad is misleading is an understatement. We’re talking about a man in Senator McDaniel who has voted for every tort reform measure to come before him for a vote as a state senator. We’re talking about a man whose career has been defending businesses against frivolous lawsuits.
We’re talking about a man who has been named a BIPEC business champion, has a 95 percent lifetime rating by the National Federation of Independent Business, and was named one of the top 50 lawyers in the state by the Mississippi Business Journal. We’re talking about a man who fought over the past several years to finally pass the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act in 2013 in Mississippi, a law that allows small businesses to directly challenge burdensome regulations.
We’re talking about a man who has owned his own businesses, and a man that donated his time to sue the federal government to stop ObamaCare.
The negative ad by Cochran’s lobbyists is not only distasteful and without merit, it is even worse. You see, the one single case they reference proves the charge to be an outright lie. This ad borderlines on criminal.
Senator McDaniel never argued to do away with caps on damages brought about by tort reform, as the ad claims, NEVER. The ad simply attempts guilt by association just like so many other hateful and distorting ads before. Because, the ad claims, McDaniel represented a client in one hearing, then he is somehow guilty of arguing for that same client in a separate argument, an argument of which even the court documents show McDaniel had no part. It’s a ludicrous claim.
But what is the most galling isn’t that the National Chamber of Commerce would lie to maintain their power hold and lobbying strength in Washington. What is particularly galling is that they would do it with the blessing of a 42-year incumbent who says he represents YOU.
Gentleman Thad? Really?
Does that description only apply in the halls and back rooms of Congress?
What is also galling is that the initial claim that is being picked up on by the National Chamber of Commerce was first attempted months ago by the PAC run by Henry Barbour, a state GOP executive committee member and a delegate to the national convention.
Mississippi Republicans, Barbour says he represents YOU.
Numerous Republican officials throughout the state have at some point in the past several years described Senator McDaniel as the future of the Republican Party in Mississippi. Now they attack him.
It’s simple. Follow the money.
Every Republican, Conservative and TEA Party member should be disgusted by this. Are we proponents of small government, lower taxes and less spending like the TEA Party principles say, like the Conservatives ideals call for, and the Republican platform states? That’s the common bond between us, and it’s a conversation Cochran’s campaign doesn’t want us to have.
There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Chris McDaniel on June 3, not least of all is the fact that he is willing to look voters in the eye and ask for their vote face to face. Senator Cochran’s nasty campaign and unwillingness to make himself available to the public is not giving voters any reasons to think otherwise.
Why wouldn’t a “gentlemen” running for office try to give voters a reason to think better of him?
About Keith: Keith Plunkett is Policy Director for McDaniel for U.S. Senate. He has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, governmental agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by going to HorizonMediaMarketing.com or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett