If Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran makes it past tomorrow’s primary, he may owe his win to black pastors who have been working behind the scenes to get him elected.
The New York Times reports that a dozen black pastors met in a store front church to devise a plan for convincing their members to support Sen. Cochran in the primary.
In explaining their position, Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup Sr., a pastor at the New Horizon Church International, said that “in tough times, you’ve got to do some unusual things.”
He added: “You’ve got to be willing to cross the line sometimes, and go over to some strange places for our interests.”
But what exactly are “our” interests? And since when has Cochran supported them? Cochran is rated at zero percent by the ACLU, indicating an “anti-civil rights” stance, according to ontheissues.org. He is also anti-affirmative action, receiving only an eleven percent approval from the NAACP.
Miss. Democrats are giddy at the thought of Cochran losing his primary to Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel since it could open the door for a Democratic win.
Meanwhile, Cochran’s camp knows it must expand its base and is looking to black voters to rescue their candidate.
“We’ve got efforts reaching out to black voters in Mississippi who want to vote for Thad because they like what Thad is for,” Cochran campaign advisor Austin Barbour told the Times. “Thad Cochran is someone who, even with his conservative message, represents all of Mississippi. He’s not some hostile screamer.”
The winner on Tuesday will face Democrat Travis Childers in November.