Did this Establishment Republican Commit Vote Fraud to Defeat His Tea Party Challenger?

Cochran and McDanielsThe fight to restore the Republic continues in Mississippi.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel had campaigned against incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) by promising “shock waves through this country” if conservatives helped him win.

McDaniel successfully forced a run-off vote, then seemingly lost by 7,600 votes.

But McDaniel has yet to concede, arguing that Cochran won by fraud in recruiting Democrats to cross over and vote in the Republican Primary.

McDaniel is indeed creating a shock wave as his campaign and Tea Party groups like True the Vote and Freedom Works are waging what looks to be a very nasty public court battle between the establishment wing of the GOP and Tea Party wing of the GOP.

McDaniel is a Tea Party favorite whose voter fraud challenge to Cochran’s win received a breath of new life from True the Vote (TTV), which proclaims itself the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization.

True the Vote filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State, the State Republican Party, and ten newly added county election commissions, asking the Court to immediately order election records be opened to inspection. This is outlined in the federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

The total number of plaintiffs is 22.

True the Vote’s attorney James Trainor said, “Given the importance of the case, it was imperative that we move as expeditiously as possible so dismissal of our suit in the Northern District of Mississippi and re-filing in the Southern District avoids the potential delays in transferring the case.”

The GOP establishment is fighting back with ugly threats of a possible counter-suit for what they claim is a “frivolous” lawsuit.

In fact, Mississippi State GOP Chair Joe Nosef said the Republican Party in Mississippi plans to seek “sanctions against” the various Mississippi voters who have signed on as plaintiffs, labeling the accusations the election integrity group made as “frivolous litigation.”

“This out of state group, True the Vote, continues in its attempts to make a mockery of our legal system,” Nosef said. “While their legal filings literally make no claim at all against the MSGOP, their public statements indicate otherwise in an effort to mislead Mississippi voters.”

It does not appear that the threat of counter-suit has intimidated the plaintiffs.

True the Vote filed in federal court for a restraining order against the Mississippi Republican Party, alleging that Nosef’s organization and others have engaged in the destruction of election evidence in the wake of the June 24 runoff.

True the Vote claims that the reason incumbent Cochran received about 7,600 more votes than McDaniel was due to an extraordinary effort by Cochran and his allies to get Democrats to vote for him in the GOP primary runoff.

McDaniel, who is challenging the results of the election, alleges that many of those Democrat votes for Cochran on June 24 were from Democrats who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary — meaning those voters would be ineligible to vote in the GOP runoff.

There’s also the possibility, McDaniel’s team and True the Vote argue, that the massive spike in absentee ballots from the June 3 primary to the June 24 runoff contains elements of voter fraud.

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, fired back at Nosef’s attacks on her group’s credibility.

“Nosef is no different than any Democrat politician — like President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS’s Lois Lerner, or Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) — who targeted True the Vote over their election integrity work,” she said.

Since the election, volunteers have been showing up at polling sites to comb through voter rolls and prove that enough voters crossed over to invalidate the win.

These aren’t the type of people inclined to back down from a legal challenge by the establishment GOP.

McDaniel supporter Kim Wadehad photographed just one page of a poll book in which he claimed three people had pulled a Democratic ballot on June 3 and a Republican ballot on June 24.

The Mississippi Tea Party told reporters that it had found “nearly 800” votes cast this way, in only one heavily black county where the Cochran vote had surged from 10,928 to 17,949.

Meanwhile, the McDaniel campaign was claiming 1,500 sketchy votes in Hinds County — almost double what the Tea Party had claimed.

McDaniel spokesman Neil Fritsch told Fox News, “We don’t have to prove that we have 7,000 [invalid] votes. All there needs to be is enough doubt about the election, and we’re confident about that,” Fritsch said.

Support for the challenge to the Cochran win has also been bolstered by Freedom Works, which had made no previous moves to support the legal challenge.

Russ Walker, Freedom Works national political director, issued a statement calling for prosecutors to get involved.

“This is a federal crime and requires swift action by the Department of Justice and the FBI. The faith the American people have in the electoral process is critical to the success of our representative democracy. These are serious allegations that, if true, undermine the integrity of our electoral process,” Walker said.

Tea Party Update agrees. Maybe the reason it is so difficult to vote the bums out is because we never voted the bums in.

It is time for the establishment GOP to come clean and do everything in its power to prove the election was fair and honest.