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McDaniel blames state auditor for cheating allegations

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The Jones County Republican Women held their monthly meeting Wednesday in a much bigger area of the Ramada Inn since their guest speaker was Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel started by saying he still hasn't stopped fighting for what he believes in.

“We want a republican party that's conservative and principle and willing to fight for those principles, and so that's the reason I'm here,” said McDaniel. “It's time to spread the message of true conservatism and we're going to fight for that as long as we're around."

McDaniel spoke to a room full about the U.S. Senate race, his campaigning, the runoff, and the slander of his reputation and his name throughout the time.

“The reality of the matter is we are here to fight for what we believe in,” said McDaniel. “We believe that there are elements within our party particularly those that party raided and used race-baited in such a nasty way, we don't agree with that type of campaigning," said McDaniel. "We want campaigns on the issues, we want campaigns with debates, we want to see good ideas pushed forward creating good policy for everybody.”

McDaniel opened the room up for questions. One of the questions asked was, “Was there any republicans in particular that tried to hurt you more than others during this campaign?”

McDaniel answered the question by starting with the rumor of his cheating allegations.

“It was being spread locally that Jill had thrown me out, that I was living on the Coast with a 24-year-old girlfriend and that divorce papers were pending. That was being spread by one politician in this very area and that was Stacey,” said McDaniel.

McDaniel was alluding to State Auditor Stacey Pickering, who is also from Jones County. He added that all of the allegations were false, and publicly asked his wife during the meeting to clear the rumors.

McDaniel said he still respects Pickering and those who spread the rumors. He said Pickering wasn't the only one; he was just an instrument of them.

“They're my friends still, I know that they were just repeating things that they had heard and I understand that and I hold no grudges,” said McDaniel.

He added that he was more hurt by being called a racist than any other allegation. 

McDaniel also denied any rumors of running for governor. As for other future plans, McDaniel said he didn't have a planned path.  

“Only God knows,” said McDaniel. “We're going to pray that his will be done, naturally he did not see me in this position at this time and I'm very comfortable with that. I'm going to fight for what I believe in, I'm going to fight for conservatives, I'm going to fight for Mississippians and we're going to see what happens in the future.”

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