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Brett Favre tries a Hail Mary for Cochran (Endorsement)
The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | June 18, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 06/18/2014 9:29:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is hoping he can help Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) pull out an overtime win in his runoff battle with primary challenger Chris McDaniel.

The championship quarterback offers his support to Cochran in a new ad out from the Chamber of Commerce in which he touts Cochran as Mississippi's "strong voice in Washington."

"I’ve learned through football that strong leadership can mean the difference between winning and losing," he says in the ad.

"Trust me, Mississippi can win," he goes on, with Cochran in office.

The three-time MVP started his career as a quarterback for the University of Southern Mississippi, and is still well-known and liked in the state.

The last-minute push from Cochran allies is an attempt to save his race, which has lagged in most surveys.

The most recent such long-shot effort is the push from Cochran's campaign for Democratic votes. Though there's a chance the tactic could backfire on the senator, he told a local reporter he's not concerned about pitching for Democrats because, he said, he used to be one himself.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Tuesday that a Democratic operative in the state is leading a get-out-the-vote effort geared toward turning out African-American Democrats to vote for Cochran in his upcoming runoff battle against McDaniel.

It’s not the first time in the race that an outside actor has pitched Democrats on Cochran, and his own campaign team has made turning out Democrats a part of its strategy to push him over the edge in the runoff. But that tactic could backfire if Republicans see him as a traitor to the party, and national conservative group the Club for Growth argued just that in a recent ad, accusing Cochran of trying to “hijack” the runoff with Democratic votes.

But asked by WAPT reporter Scott Simmons about recruiting Democrats to support him, Cochran seemed unconcerned about the possible backlash.

Simmons tweeted that Cochran responded, “why not ‘I used to be a Democrat.’ ”

Cochran was indeed raised as a Democrat, but ran Richard Nixon’s campaign in Mississippi in 1968 and eventually became the first Republican to win statewide in Mississippi in a century when he was elected to the Senate in 1978.

He had, in previous interviews, expressed similar nonchalance about Democrats turning out to vote for him in the primary. In an interview with WAPT on June 9, Cochran said his “arms are open” to Democrats.

“My arms are open and welcoming and we hope that they would join our campaign and go vote on Election Day or by absentee ballot. ... We need a big turnout.”

But during a Tuesday interview with WAPT, when asked about the GOTV effort reported by the Clarion-Ledger, Cochran says, “haven’t heard that, don’t know.”

That specific effort has raised eyebrows because Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole suggested the man in charge of it, James Warren, may be exchanging money for votes.

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said in a statement Wednesday that he’s been in touch with legal counsel in case of any improprieties in the race.

"The law prohibits anyone from buying or selling a vote, as it should. We want a clean, hard fought primary decided by voters who plan to support the Republican Party and our candidates in November,” he said. “I personally have been and continue to be in touch with legal counsel as well as representatives from both campaigns in order to ensure that our runoff is accurate and legal."

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 2014; brettfavre; cochran; democrats; football; gotv; mcdaniel; mississippi
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To: Secret Agent Man


21 posted on 06/18/2014 11:45:28 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brett Favre Open Fly Jeans

22 posted on 06/18/2014 11:54:34 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: freebilly

Farve’s war on women

23 posted on 06/19/2014 1:49:32 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brett, obviously, is a victim of the massive concussions suffered because of the evil but homosexual-friendly NFL.

24 posted on 06/19/2014 2:03:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Secret Agent Man

Having Brett Favre would do more damage to my decision than just knowing that Cochran is not right to continue in the Senate. Yieks.....I think this might be just what McDaniel needs.

25 posted on 06/19/2014 3:20:41 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: petitfour

No endorsement by anyone has ever influenced me to vote for or against anyone. Brett doesn’t change that.
Thanks for the ping.

26 posted on 06/19/2014 5:05:27 AM PDT by WKB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After playing too long you get confused about which team you're playing for.

Thus Favre is a great spokesman for Cochran. Long past time for Cochran to follow Favre into retirement.

27 posted on 06/19/2014 5:22:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Favre? An overtime win?

Hopefully this move will end-up being another last-minute interception.. just like his last play in the NFL:


28 posted on 06/19/2014 5:52:00 AM PDT by MarkRegal05
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To: MarkRegal05

(Strike that.. last play in the Championship.. d’oh!)

29 posted on 06/19/2014 5:53:06 AM PDT by MarkRegal05
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To: MarkRegal05

McDaniels is the man. Time for the RINO to go. And take TN Oath Breaker 2 terms and out lamar alexander RINO with him.

Beat Lamar: TN State Rep Joe Carr

Last week, it was revealed that Cantor’s challenger, Dave Brat, spent less on his ENTIRE campaign than Cantor’s campaign did on high-end steak dinners in DC.

This stunning fact revealed just how far Cantor had strayed from the district he allegedly represented.

This fact also made us wonder—just how much has Lamar Alexander’s campaign spent on high-end steakhouses?

We dug through Lamar’s finance reports and found Lamar’s campaign has spent a total of $39,779.55 at high-end steakhouses in DC and around the country.

Nearly $40,000 spent at high-end steakhouses for his supporters??? Talk about out of touch with our conservative values.

Conservatives in Virginia and Mississippi have led the way in fighting back against out of touch Washington insiders. Now, we have the opportunity to knock off another Washington insider Lamar Alexander who sides with Obama 62% of the time.

30 posted on 06/19/2014 5:59:59 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: MarkRegal05

As a lifelong Saints fan, I loved it.

31 posted on 06/19/2014 6:26:47 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: clintonh8r

I think it’s French.

Anyway, Brent Fav-re is a democrat so this endorsement makes sense. I wonder what his fee is.

32 posted on 06/19/2014 9:33:55 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Bogey78O

And you might not have beaten us were it not for the worst PI call ever in the overtime period. Oh, well.

33 posted on 06/19/2014 9:37:37 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Impy

Fav-ray and Thad....yesterday’s men.

34 posted on 06/19/2014 9:45:13 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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