Chris McDaniel says he will not run for governor

Chris McDaniel

The Ellisville Republican says previous campaigns have taken a toll on his family.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 4:36 PM

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- State Senator Chris McDaniel will not enter the Republican primary in the race for Mississippi Governor.

McDaniel made the announcement Thursday afternoon on his Facebook page.

He says he made the decision after looking at the impact campaigning has had on his family.

McDaniel says in his statement millions of dollars was spent in previous runs for U. S. Senate.

He says the current political climate is one of change and political turmoil.

McDaniel says he was willing to take on the nastiness of a campaign but he noticed the impact it was having on his children.

He says he will focus on helping Republicans win in the upcoming election.

He did not rule out a run for statewide or federal office in the future but said for now he plans to spend more time with his family.

MCDANIEL STATEMENT:

I love our country. I love Mississippi. It's been the honor of my life to work for the betterment of both. Whether defending conservative values in the state senate or by traveling the state to spread the message of Constitutionalism, self-government, and liberty; I've never backed down from a fight. And I'm not backing down now.

But a decision has to be made; a path has to be chosen. So I turn my attention to the best way forward.

As part of my analysis, I factor in several goals I would like to help achieve: the reelection of President Trump, a stronger Republican Party, the election of true conservatives at every level of government, and the disempowerment of a corrupt political establishment in DC. But the most crucial consideration revolves around two little boys in Jones County, my sons Cambridge and Chamberlain, who represent my most significant accomplishments and my primary source of contentment and happiness.

It has been said that no candidate in the Southeastern United States has experienced the crushing amount of negative attack ads that we've had to endure during the past few years. And it's taken a toll. Consultants joke that no candidate in Mississippi has ever had more money spent against them. Untold millions have been allocated to defame my record and destroy my character. Millions more have been paid to ruin my political life -- all because I dared to challenge the power of a corrupt political class in Washington.

While I assumed the risk and recognized the dangers inherent to bruising campaigns, my children did not. I have gladly paid the price and would do it again one day. But not yet.

Unfortunately, my sons have grown up in an era of change and political turmoil. Nastiness is commonplace. Political discourse has reached a new low. As much as Jill and I tried to insulate them, they absorbed every unfair attack made against me -- sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly. But perhaps more sadly, they were forced to experience loneliness unintentionally caused by a daddy who was prepared to sacrifice time and effort for their futures. Being on the campaign trail can be heartbreaking. My only consolation is that one day they'll understand and forgive me.

With those factors in mind, I will not be running for statewide office this year. I will instead focus on electing conservatives and restoring the conscience of the Republican Party. I still believe the GOP is the best hope to save our Republic. If our party embraces liberty, fiscal restraint, and self-government, we can defeat the Democrats and relegate the reckless doctrine of Socialism to the ashbin of history. And I will do everything possible to assist in those efforts as I run for reelection to the state senate.

To those who have stood with us, thank you. I have the best supporters in the world. You all have a special place in my heart, and I love you like family. Our fight is not over.

But in the meantime, I will take a short break from statewide campaigns. I'll go fishing with my sons. We will play baseball, shoot hoops, and imagine ourselves in distant, faraway lands. While we cheer for our beloved Chicago Cubs and lament the Boston Celtics' recent struggles, we will watch playoff hockey, eat popcorn, and play video games. We will go to museums and concerts. We will walk the streets of Disney World together, and if lucky, I'll get to read them Winnie the Pooh one last time before they lose the innocence of youth.

I will teach my sons the importance of political discourse and debate. They will learn to understand the meaning and purpose of courage, the intrinsic value of all individuals, and the threat of unchecked political power. They will know to reject hate, embrace individual dignity, and sacrifice for others. They will be kind. They will recognize the flawed nature of humankind, but love people anyway. I will teach them these lessons and more.

Then I'll let them teach me all the Fortnite dances.

We will laugh. We will love. We will recover.

And we will forgive.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 161516

Reported Deaths: 3916
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10708104
Hinds10519205
Harrison7555113
Jackson6708128
Rankin6130112
Lee547697
Madison5202110
Forrest400187
Jones382189
Lauderdale3727147
Lafayette344057
Washington3367108
Lamar307550
Lowndes261167
Oktibbeha259962
Bolivar250185
Panola240253
Neshoba2311122
Marshall227151
Leflore213991
Monroe212278
Pontotoc211231
Lincoln200867
Sunflower195555
Warren184958
Tate184051
Union176826
Copiah172540
Pike168360
Pearl River163870
Yazoo162940
Scott162730
Itawamba162637
Alcorn160428
Coahoma157844
Prentiss156732
Simpson155153
Adams148352
Grenada147145
Leake143344
Holmes135761
Covington135541
Tippah132530
George131725
Winston131726
Hancock130942
Wayne124924
Attala124735
Marion124248
Tishomingo114844
Chickasaw112132
Newton112129
Tallahatchie100727
Clay97127
Clarke95653
Jasper88523
Stone83115
Calhoun81513
Walthall79930
Montgomery78826
Carroll76315
Smith75716
Lawrence75214
Yalobusha74428
Noxubee74217
Perry69326
Tunica63519
Greene63022
Jefferson Davis60217
Amite59315
Claiborne59316
Humphreys55719
Quitman5117
Benton50518
Kemper49318
Webster47914
Wilkinson41322
Jefferson38712
Franklin3726
Choctaw3697
Sharkey33117
Issaquena1234
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 260359

Reported Deaths: 3776
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson34716513
Mobile20452370
Madison14215153
Tuscaloosa13755173
Montgomery12731243
Shelby1110278
Baldwin9341137
Lee801566
Morgan722855
Etowah692170
Calhoun6809121
Marshall675058
Houston552739
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Elmore432567
Walker3861112
Talladega381157
Jackson361623
Colbert341546
Blount315845
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Franklin262634
Coffee257717
Dale244454
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Chilton233641
Covington232434
Russell23153
Escambia206932
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Chambers187551
Clarke164120
Pike163814
Marion148236
Winston144725
Lawrence137336
Pickens129720
Geneva12818
Marengo126724
Bibb125238
Barbour121429
Butler120042
Randolph107022
Cherokee106724
Hale101432
Fayette99916
Clay94825
Washington93921
Henry8996
Monroe84611
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Macon77122
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