Why Was Tea Partier In Locked Courthouse With Ballots On Election Night?


tay
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A Mississippi tea party official with close ties to U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel apparently ended up inside a locked and empty county courthouse late Tuesday night after primary election results had come in.

Hinds County Republican executive chairman Pete Perry told TPM that he received a phone call around 2:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday from Janis Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, who said she was locked inside the Hinds County courthouse. That would be where the circuit clerk and election commission offices, and the primary election ballots, are located.

The incident seemed to mystify Perry, a supporter of Sen. Thad Cochran, whom McDaniel is challenging for the GOP nomination. The ballots had been secured prior to the intrusion, according to local authorities.

"I don't know. I know I wouldn't walk into a courthouse at 2 o'clock in the morning by myself or with somebody else and just walk around inside the building," Perry said. "I'm not going to go into a public building just because somehow or another I happened to find a door that was unlocked.

"Especially if it's going down to where a bunch of election materials were and I'd been deeply involved in a campaign," he added. "I am 64. I was involved in politics when I was real young, and I remember people breaking into a hotel in the middle of the night."

Connie Cochran, a sister-in law to Sen. Thad Cochran and one of the county's election commissioners, told TPM that she left the courthouse at 11:30 p.m. CT, the last person to leave, more than two hours before Lane called Perry.

Lane said that she and a friend had wanted to observe the election process.

According to Perry, she told him that they had been walking outside of the courthouse and were directed by a police officer to an unlocked door. It's unclear at what time they entered the courthouse or how much time they spent inside the empty building. Somehow, the door through which they entered got locked behind them, it appears.

Connie Cochran told TPM that, to her knowledge, no materials had been disturbed or removed from the building. But Perry said that he was skeptical of Lane's story.

"It just didn't make sense. It didn't compute," he said. "Now what she was doing, I have no idea. I couldn't say. But I am skeptical."


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tay
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Attorney who faced charges in senator wife photo scandal has been found dead.








Attorney Mark Mayfield was found dead Friday morning at his home in the Bridgewater subdivision in Ridgeland, MS.


Authorities say his wife called authorities around 9am and told them her husband had just shot himself.


Police found his body in a storage room inside the home with a gunshot wound to his head.


They also located the gun, and according to the police chief, a note with the body.


"We see no signs of foul, play. At this time it's an active death investigation going on we have recovered a firearm from the scene. We have one gunshot wound to the body of Mr. Mayfield. Were still working with investigators at this time and the family members trying to put the pieces of the puzzle back together, to find out what led us to this point this morning," said Lt. John Neal of the Ridgeland Police Department.



Chris McDaniel issued this statement: "Regardless of recent allegations made against his character, Mark Mayfield was a fine Christian man who was always respectful and kind. He was one of the most polite and humble men I've ever met in politics. He was a loving husband, father, a pillar of his community, and he will be missed. We are saddened by his loss, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, his family and friends."


In May, the 57-year-old was arrested and charged with conspiracy in relation to a political scandal.


A blogger, Clayton Kelly, allegedly went into a nursing home and photographed the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran without permission and posted an image online as part of an anti-Cochran video.


Mayfield is accused of providing detailed instructions about where Rose Cochran's room was located. He had access to that information because his mother had been a resident of the facility before she passed away.


Mayfield was also a Board member of the Central MS Tea Party.





Attorney Mark Mayfield charged in Cochran wife photo scandal - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi (external - login to view)
 
gopher
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Tea Baggers certainly aren't helping themselves with these revelations. Violence and break ins only serve to show how radical and how lacking in integrity they are.

Here in Gopherland Tea Baggers started out with a big bang - they were loud, brash, and forceful. "Tea Party" signs appeared on lawns and on bumper stickers while some wore large lapel buttons which said "Proud Tea Bagger". These delusionals disrupted many meetings of all kinds and of both parties. But Minnesotans from all political affiliations teamed up against them because of their extremism so that now they are far more muted in their political demands. The lawn signs have been all taken down and the lapel buttons are now gone.

There is enough polarization in this society. But extremism is no alternative to the two parties that we have. Hopefully, some day TP's in the rest of the country will soon realize that.
 
Walter
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Who won the Miss. primary? Nuff said.
 
damngrumpy
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I hope many Tea Party people win positions in primaries. It will likely provide a
larger margin of victory for Democrats in the long run in mid term elections.
These people are disruptive with no regard or respect for the procedures of a
democracy It is not about who wins a primary its about who is acceptable to
voters at large
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

I hope many Tea Party people win positions in primaries. It will likely provide a
larger margin of victory for Democrats in the long run in mid term elections.
These people are disruptive with no regard or respect for the procedures of a
democracy It is not about who wins a primary its about who is acceptable to
voters at large

Yup because every one knows we still aren't Taxed enough yet .
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpyView Post

I hope many Tea Party people win positions in primaries. It will likely provide a
larger margin of victory for Democrats in the long run in mid term elections.
These people are disruptive with no regard or respect for the procedures of a
democracy It is not about who wins a primary its about who is acceptable to
voters at large

How's that margin this morning?
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

How's that margin this morning?

Yup another prediction of Grumpy's that is right off the mark .
 
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