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Black pastor says Cochran campaign paid for votes: Can we ever trust the electoral process again?

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire and right now there’s a whole lot of fire down in the Magnolia State of Mississippi. It seems incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran may have indeed borrowed a call from the liberal progressive community organizing playbook — and now he’s getting burned — all because he stiffed a fella.

As reported by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart, “A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff – and that he was part of the scheme. Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, says Cochran’s campaign “told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad.”

Now you can bet Democrats will all get behind this and accuse Cochran of wrongdoing and demand he drop out of the race — I warned about lying with jackasses and getting fleas.

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Fielder, who was paid by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson for his story, provided a new outlet launched by Johnson—GotNews.com—with four text messages from a person purporting to be Cochran campaign staffer Saleem Baird. The messages cite an official Cochran campaign email [email protected] include detailed discussions of the campaign providing envelopes of money to distribute to people who vote. “Send me individual names and amounts along with home address to [email protected] and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you,” one message, sent three days before the runoff, says.”

Breitbart reports that “Fielder said he helped distribute the Cochran cash for votes on a promise of eventually getting paid $16,000—and because a key Cochran campaign staffer convinced him that Cochran’s conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel was racist.

“They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder said. But Cochran’s campaign never paid, Fielder said. Fielder also now says he was wrong about McDaniel’s character. He said he “took a good look at the campaign ads” and came to understand that “McDaniel was not a racist.” “Me and other people were misguided and misled,” Fielder said.”

Though Fielder himself has not been paid the $16,000 he claims he was promised for his services, Breitbart reports “Fielder alleges he was given the enveloped cash to distribute amongst the black community in Mississippi in exchange for Cochran votes—and further alleges that others like him were similar given such cash.”

Here’s my assessment. First of all, we shouldn’t act appalled that Fielder was paid by Johnson for this story — after all, if Cochran was paying for votes, it’s all “pay for play,” right?

And just remember how enthralled we all got when TMZ — which pays for stories — released tapes and videos of Donald Sterling or the Jay-Z and Solange Knowles elevator scrape.

The question is, will the Mississippi Attorney General open up an investigation? And it also seems former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour may be entangled in this web of lies, deceit, and fraud. After all, his Barbour PAC was heavily engaged in the Cochran runoff endeavor.

So why does the GOP establishment feel it necessary to adopt the tactics of the Left in order to defeat constitutional conservatives? Perhaps because they, as the Left, realize the conservative message is principled and best for the restoration of our Republic – and not intended for political special and self-interests.

And it seems this Saleem Baird fella has a bit of a tarnished past as well. Baird is a top legislative staffer for Cochran’s Mississippi U.S. Senate colleague Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS). In 2011, Baird was arrested because a club he managed allegedly featured a strip show and Baird apparently didn’t have a license to feature women stripping. The charges were later dropped and Wicker kept Baird on as an employee.

These allegations are serious and warrant investigation. I for one am starting to believe that the whole “open primary” process only serves to open up the electoral system to questionable actions and fraud.

But what is even more troubling — how can the average American trust the electoral process anymore? It’s starting to resemble that of some Third World country. I have some first hand experience with voter fraud — and a state that refused to investigate. We are watching.

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