Tea Partiers: Senator Said Fighting Obamacare A ‘Lost Cause’
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South Mississippi Tea Party chairman John Rhodes is fairly involved in politics. The Tea Party chapter he leads meets twice a month. An active supporter of state Senator Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate primary here, Rhodes has been intimately involved in endorsing candidates in a variety of races over the last few years, and frequently attends Republican events in the region.
But when it comes to the incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, Rhodes said has never even met him.
“Here’s the thing that bothers me and it bothers so many people, and you’ll see this on Facebook and the other social media: He’s been in Congress for 41 years and I’ve never laid eyes on the man,” Rhodes said in an interview. “If I vote for somebody, I want to look them in the eye and ask them what they got on their mind. He never comes out of Washington as far as I know.”
As Cochran campaigns in the first competitive reelection battle he’s faced as a senator, local Republicans say they resent the fact that Cochran has been missing in action in the years leading up to the contest.