BY: B. Keith Plunkett–@Keithplunkett
A Facebook Group launched to urge State Senator and Mississippi PEP Contributor Chris McDaniel to run for the U.S. Senate has reached 1000 members in less than a week, and some national grassroots organizations are taking notice. The page founder, Scott Brewster of Brandon had this to say at the outset of the launch:
“We are convinced that Senator Chris McDaniel is the right person at the right time in this unique American moment to bring our government back to the constitutional principles that made us the greatest nation on earth. This is in no way an official campaign site and we don’t speak for the senator here. We are simply concerned Mississippians that are trying to draft a great patriot.”
Richard Conrad, a founder of a Pine Belt area TEA Party group is also a member of the McDaniel for U.S. Senate group.
“Senator McDaniel represents the embodiment of a true Statesman, and I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Senator McDaniel to serve our State and Country in the United States Senate,” Conrad wrote.
McDaniel has been the subject of much speculation over the past several months, and is considered a rising star in conservative political circles. The Ellisville resident is being encouraged to seek the seat currently held by Thad Cochran, the senior senator who has held the office since 1978 and is the third longest serving Senator in the U.S. Senate. Political watchers are split on whether Cochran will seek a seventh term, and many McDaniel supporters are urging a challenge if he doesn’t.
Many long serving senators seen as too close to Washington such Dick Lugar, Bob Bennett, and Mike Castle have been defeated in tough primary races in recent elections. The mood of conservative’s across the country is skeptical of Republicans who have been in D.C. for a while.
Cochran is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriation Committee and has frequently ranked high in the amount of earmarks and porkbarrel spending he generates from the federal government each year by watchdog groups like Citizens Against Government Waste.
McDaniel on the other hand has been a vocal proponent of a federal balanced budget amendment.
McDaniel is a partner in the Laurel-based Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson and McDaniel law firm. He is lead counsel for Gov. Phil Bryant and the state in its lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder to stop President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as “Obamacare.” That case is scheduled to be heard by a United States District Court Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi in October.
The lawsuit in Mississippi claims the law violates individual privacy rights because it would force citizens to disclose medical information to insurance companies when they are forced to purchase policies. The government denies that.
The Senator’s case may be the best last hope of defeating President Obama’s signature achievement. If McDaniel is correct, the final decision on ObamaCare could ultimately put the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in jeopardy.
The legal theory is based on the Supreme Court’s definition of the “zone of privacy” used as a basis for the Roe decision and many others.
“Although the Constitution does not mention a generalized right of privacy, the Court has issued a series of controversial decisions, including the disappointing case of Roe v. Wade, which fabricate a zone of privacy,” McDaniel wrote in his latest contribution to Mississippi PEP. “Purportedly invented to protect individual rights, it encompasses a person’s autonomous decisions regarding private matters and the right to keep the intimate details of those private matters confidential.”
“By compelling individuals to enter into a contract to purchase insurance from another entity, the law will require them to share private and personal information with the contracting party, forcing citizens to fully disclose medical conditions, treatments, habits and behaviors to corporate strangers.”
McDaniel has been a proponent of reduced government spending, and hasn’t shied away from tackling tough state issues such as Medicaid spending and sweetheart state retirement deals for legislators, even going so far as attempting to opt-out of the legislative perk himself. He is widely known for his outstanding communication skills and thoughtful decisions.
The mere mention of his name in articles on this website drives discussions. It is not a surprise that people want him to run. He would make a great U.S. Senator as he has a State Senator, and his record of achievement and obvious abilities show it.
Will he run? That remains to be seen. I know he is praying about it, because that is the kind of man he is. He says he is discussing it with his family before making any decisions. If the one thousand (and growing) supporters on Facebook have their say, then he’s already in the race.
About Keith: Keith Plunkett has worked on communications 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
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