Mississippi Senate Candidate Makes Bold Promise: ‘I Ain’t Paying Taxes’ for Reparations

Mississippi state Senator Chris McDaniel (R) isn’t well known on the national political scene. But that may change soon—McDaniel is running for the US Senate this fall, and if he bases his platform on this radio broadcast from 2006, he’ll be a household name in no time.

Back in those heady days of Bush II’s second term, McDaniel, whose political career seems to have gotten its start at a Tea Party rally, took to the airwaves and proclaimed proudly that if the government raises taxes to pay for slavery reparations, he is not going to pay them.

“If they pass reparations and my taxes go up, I ain’t paying taxes,” McDaniel said. “How you going to make me pay for something I had nothing to do with? How you going to do that to me?”

Although we’re pretty sure no one was planning to do that to Sen. McDaniel, his point is well taken, and if he runs with the “pay your taxes, unless you don’t feel like it” theme this fall, he’s bound to do well at the ballot box.

Later in the aforementioned broadcast, the Senate hopeful had a little fun discussing currency exchange rates and the nuances of Spanish linguistics:

“Why don’t we all immigrate south, let’s go to Mexico. You know, a dollar bill can buy a mansion in Mexico,” McDaniel said on air. He then asked his co-host to tell him how to ask, “Do you have a sister?” in Spanish.

“What about mamacita?” McDaniel continued jauntily. “I think it basically means — and again, I’m an English-speaking Anglo, I have no idea what it means actually. But I’ve said it a few times, just for fun. And I think it basically means, ‘Hey, hot mama. You’re a fine looking young thing.’”

Honestly, we’re smitten with Sen. McDaniel, and we’d love seeing him in Washington. But maybe he electoral chances aren’t as promising as we thought. Because seriously: How many Mississippians will vote for a candidate who seems that fond of Mexicans?