I used to like Brett Farve. The sad thing is in a close election this could make all the difference.
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NFL legend Brett Favre has endorsed the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), cutting a television ad for the six-term incumbent days ahead of a runoff election against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel.
“I’ve learned through football that strong leadership makes the difference between winning and losing. And when it comes to our state’s future, trust me: Mississippi can win — and win big with Thad Cochran as our strong voice in Washington,” Favre says in the ad. “Thad Cochran always delivers, just like he did during Katrina.”
But a drunk-driving accident involving Favre’s brother and the death of one of their friends raises questions about whether the unusual endorsement is political payback to former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is strongly backing Cochran.
In 1996, Favre’s brother Scott Favre was driving drunk on his way home and stopped on railroad tracks. A 49-car freight train crashed into the vehicle, and Brett’s close friend Mark Haverty, a passenger in the car, was killed. Police determined Scott Favre had a .23 blood alcohol content level—more than twice the legal limit. Shortly thereafter, Scott Favre was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Fourteen years were suspended, with one year of house arrest.