What was supposed to be a quiet campaign event for Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel devolved into a shouting match between the state senator and a senior citizen, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
“How, with no seniority and a promise simply not to get along with anyone, will you accomplish any of the things you want to accomplish?” John Davis, a retired 77-year-old teacher, shouted at McDaniel, according to the report.
“What have they accomplished lately by putting us in debt?” McDaniel fired back.
“What have they accomplished? They have accomplished airports. They have accomplished roads. They have accomplished schools,” he countered, wagging his finger at McDaniel. McDaniel, a tea party-backed candidate, reportedly responded, “Get your finger out of my face.”
In a video posted by the Journal, Davis can be heard saying, “I know what you’re against, but how are you going to do it?”
McDaniel is neck-and-neck with six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the race for the GOP nomination. McDaniel got more votes in Mississippi’s primary, but he did not exceed the 50% needed to avoid a runoff. The runoff election to secure the nomination is set for Tuesday.
The race has been a slugfest. A McDaniel supporter was arrested in mid-May for allegedly sneaking into a nursing home to film Cochran’s ailing wife. Then, a McDaniel campaign aide and others found themselves locked in a courthouse that contained primary ballots on election night.
Cochran has gotten a last-minute boost in recent days. NFL legend Brett Favre endorsed the incumbent senator this week, cutting a TV ad. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is set to hit the campaign trail with Cochran in the lead-up to the runoff election.