One week after the Tea Party victory that wasn't, conservatives are still challenging the legitimacy of the black votes that helped Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeat Chris McDaniel. State Sen. Michael Watson said Tuesday that McDaniel's campaign has found over 3,300 voting "irregularities" across the state so far. That same day the conservative vote integrity group True the Vote sued the Mississippi Secretary of State and Republican Party to inspect the election records, according to the Sun Herald.
But the big (conspiracy) theory dominating the conservative blogosphere is an article claiming that Sen. Cochran promised a Democratic black pastor money to help organize a cash-for-votes scheme.
Charles C. Johnson, a former Daily Caller blogger who runs GotNews.com, reported that Rev. Stevie Fielder claimed Cochran official Saleem Baird said the campaign would pay him $16,000 to offer black voters $15 each to vote for Cochran. The article points to four text messages allegedly from the official asking for addresses for money envelopes. Fielder said the Cochran campaign convinced him that McDaniel was a racist — he doesn't think that anymore — and the campaign never paid him.