Character matters, but it is one of many showstoppers that include knowledge about the job, having requisite skill, knowledge, proficiency, and experience. What American voters should be seeking are superior candidates for every elected office in America. The reason begins with the notion that people in elected office might run for successively higher office. The reasons include desperately needing people who can address the scope and scale of our national needs at all levels of government. Now, the story that prompted this article was triggered by Alexandra Jaffe and Cameron Joseph at The Hill who report about “off-color” remarks by Republican Senator Thad Cochran. He’s a jerk and out of the mainstream of American standards for proper behavior for anyone, much less a US Senator. Having been discovered for his ridiculous statements, the Senator should just resign and the people who elected him should tar and feather him and ride him out of town on a rail. How about that?
“OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Off-color comments or a candidate's character?
By Alexandra Jaffe and Cameron Joseph
Chris McDaniel, the Republican challenging Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in his primary, has already faced scrutiny for controversial comments he’s made on race during his time as a radio disc jockey, though none of those unearthed comments have yet to sink his campaign.
But on Tuesday, fresh recordings surfaced in which McDaniel railed against the prospect of paying the descendants of slaves and joked about the Spanish language, among other things.
And then, just hours later, more cropped up — including a suggestion that “the only thing that could make the campaign more libertarian" for a 2006 candidate for Alabama governor "is a heroin needle in her arm.”
The comments, as they pile up, become more of a liability for McDaniel, who’s seen as conservatives’ best shot at nabbing a win against a sitting senator this cycle.”
The people that we elect to office are examples for our children and all citizens. People like this should just go home, and get lost.
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran
United States Senator from Mississippi
Assumed office December 27, 1978
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
In office January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
In office January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's 4th district
In office January 3, 1973 – December 26, 1978
Born William Thad Cochran
December 7, 1937 (age 76)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rose Clayton Cochran
Children Clayton Cochran
Residence Jackson, Mississippi
Alma mater University of Mississippi (B.A., J.D.)
Religion Southern Baptist
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1959-1961"