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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Authorities in Mississippi are trying to determine how three Tea Party officials wound up locked inside a courthouse hours after ballots were counted in an extremely tight Republican primary election. Incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel will face off in a runoff election later this month after both candidates fell short of the 50 percent needed for victory. The Tea Party challenger McDaniel received about 1,400 more votes than his rival. But one of his top aides and two others associated with McDaniel's campaign are under investigation by the Hinds County sheriff's department after they were found locked inside the courthouse where votes were counted.


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Campaign coalition director Scott Brewster, Central Mississippi Tea Party board member Janis Lane, and consultant Rob Chambers somehow gained access to the building and stayed there until police arrived about 3:45 a.m. and let them out.

"There are conflicting stories from the three of them, which began to raise the red flag, and we're trying to get to the bottom of it," said Othor Cain, a spokesman for the sheriff's department. "No official charges have been filed at this point, but we don't know where the investigation will lead us."


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"wound up locked inside a courthouse hours after ballots were counted in an extremely tight Republican primary election."

It's called a break in.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-05 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

They were chicking to make sure all the ballots matched up with IDs. Cuz they are always worried about voter fraud.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-05 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Danni nailed it. You can never be too sure!

This story also demonstrates why electronic voting is such a bad idea. There'd be no need to access physical ballots when you can just hack in from anywhere on the planet. Physical ballots are far, far safer.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-05 06:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Funny the story never bothered to mention the ballots were already counted and there was no chance of tampering. Nor did it say that security was aware of their presence as they reported it to the elections commissioner. Nor does it say that they had talked to security.

Wonder how the journalist missed all the important information. Guess when you need a story leaving stuff out can be just as useful as making stuff up.

#4 | Posted by salamandagator at 2014-06-05 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

#4 | Posted by salamandagator

Funny your story doesn't reconcile all that with the report that they told conflicting stories. What's your theory? Edible marijuana? Tea Partiers are stupid? Sheriff conspiracy to defame these po' innocent people?

#5 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-06-05 07:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

They were looking for Thad Cochran's bedridden wife.

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2014-06-05 10:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wonder how the journalist missed all the important information. Guess when you need a story leaving stuff out can be just as useful as making stuff up.

They're ----------.

It's a safe assumption the self-serving, dishonest, hypocritical motives are the correct ones.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-06 12:46 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Can't some boys have a bit of Hold 'Em without it making the news?

#8 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-06-06 01:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

can we drone it?

#9 | Posted by TwoCents at 2014-06-06 03:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

They pulled and pulled on the crash bars on every exit door, but couldn't get a single door to open...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2014-06-06 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

They were probably too stupid to get out. The door handle said push and they were pulling.

#11 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-06-06 06:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Danni nailed it. You can never be too sure!"

I say go into orbit and nuke the place. You can't be too sure.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-06 06:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Raw Story should do a little checking before publishing, as should the partisan that posted this.

Three hours before the RS time stamp. Sheriff Concludes No Laws Broken During Mississippi Courthouse Caper

But then that would spoil the partisan festivities.

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2014-06-06 08:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ah hell, here's some red meat on this matter for ya'll to play with.

The real problem with the relationship between Tea Party Express and Chris McDaniel

#14 | Posted by et_al at 2014-06-06 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Hinds County District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham said Friday he has asked Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith to investigate.

Graham's decision to ask for a further investigation Friday came a day after the Hinds County Sheriff Department said it had concluded the office's investigation and found no criminal activity or laws broken."

Looks like the Sheriff's review isn't going to be the last word...


#15 | Posted by YAV at 2014-06-06 11:16 PM | Reply | Flag:


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