|63rd Governor of Mississippi|
From: January 10, 2012 -
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|31st Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi|
From: January 10, 2008 – January 5, 2012
That same month, Bryant appointed a former Democrat, Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state commissioner of agriculture and commerce, to fill the seat being vacated on April 1 by long-term RINO United States Senator Thad Cochran. In making his selection, Bryant bypassed conservative state Senator Chris McDaniel of Laurel, who has announced his candidacy to complete Cochran's term in the special election scheduled for November 6, 2018. In a statement, McDaniel said that he was:
troubled to learn that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant dutifully followed the orders of the Washington establishment’s Mitch McConnell by appointing Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill the temporary vacancy created by Senator Thad Cochran’s retirement. . . . the last thing the state of Mississippi needs in Washington is another moderate Democrat. ...The establishment should have learned their lesson in Alabama. By spending millions of dollars against conservative Mo Brooks, they ended up losing the seat (with conservative Roy Moore) to a Democrat (Doug Jones). Now, they are going to appoint one in Mississippi. Instead of unifying around my candidacy, and beating the Democrats, the establishment is once again going to waste millions of dollars of donors’ money over what should have been a safe Republican seat in Mississippi.
Some strategists question whether Hyde-Smith's former ties to the Democrats could hurt her chances in a race against McDaniel. The special election will be essentially non-partisan; each party will not be selecting nominees to contest the race. U.S. President Donald Trump is said to have no plans to endorse for campaign for Hyde-Smith. According to Politico, polling conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee shows Hyde-Smith trailing both McDaniel and a prospective Democratic candidate. At the same time as the special election, RINO Senator Roger Wicker will be seeking reelection to a full term. McDaniel had announced he was challenging Wicker but then switched to campaign for the open seat.
- Chris Pandolfo (March 21, 2018). Chris McDaniel slams Misssissippi establishment for appointing former Democrat to U.S. Senate. Conservativereview.com. Retrieved on March 22, 2018.