Newspaper Editor Talks Politics at Rotary Club

Meridian, Miss. The U.S. Senate race was a hot topic at the Meridian Rotary Club Wednesday.

The political editor for the Jackson Clarion Ledger was the guest speaker. Geoff Pender primarily talked about the rift in the Mississippi Republican Party.

Pender says although most people think he must enjoy the political turmoil, he says it's actually difficult to watch.

"It's tough to watch so much strife going on with this election," said Pender. "It has raised a lot of questions that I think, potentially, we could be years in sorting out."

Pender says Thursday will be a big day in the ongoing controversy.

A hearing in Jones County Circuit Court will examine a motion from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to dismiss the challenge of the June 24 runoff results by his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Pender said he anticipates this will stir up even more discussion on the topic.