Tea Party Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel Tied to Neo-Confederates and Secessionists

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Mississippi Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, who plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014, spoke at a neo-Confederate ball in August alongside secessionists and people who believe Abraham Lincoln was a “Marxist.”

McDaniel is hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by alleging his is disloyal to the conservative cause, particularly those values set forth by the Tea Party.

McDaniel has won the support of the Senate Conservatives Fund, the political action committee founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., which prominently back Tea Partiers.

Two months ago, McDaniel spoke at a two-day conference and costume ball in Laurel, Miss., held by the Jones County Rosin Heels, a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a group that believes the wrong side won the American Civil War.

Invites to the event, according to Mother Jones, described it as a “Southern Heritage Conference” for “political incorrect folks.”

In a monthly newsletter the Rosin Heels routinely publish articles advocating present-day secession from the U.S.

Al Benson, a historian from Louisiana, also spoke at the event to promote his new book, Red Republicans & Lincoln Marxists, which posits that President Abraham Lincoln was influenced by the writings of Karl Marx.

Another speaker, Ryan Walters, a graduate student fro the University of Southern Mississippi alleged that Obama is readying tanks to invade Texas and that the controversy over the president’s birth certificate “hasn’t really been solved.”

A 2011 Pulibc Policy Polling survey found 47 percent of Mississippians and 21 percent of Mississippi Republicans are happy with the outcome of the Civil War, Mother Jones reported.

Sources: Raw Story, Mother Jones