Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour slammed opponents and Tea Party groups backing Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTodd Young in talks about chairing Senate GOP campaign arm US farming cannot afford to continue to fall behind Mississippi Democrat drops Senate bid MORE's challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

“I couldn’t pick one of them out of a lineup with the Spice Girls,’ he said of national conservative leaders who are supporting McDaniel's bid to unset the six-term senator.

“They couldn’t care less about what’s in the best interest of Mississippi,” he continued, according to USA TODAY.

“They are trying to get Cochran as a trophy scalp so they won’t go out of business for the next (election) cycle because they lost every race they’ve gotten into.”

Cochran and McDaniel are headed to a June 24 runoff in an intense fight for the Senate.

Barbour is helping to run a super PAC that has spent nearly $1.7 million trying to save Cochran’s seat.