Scott Bounds Joins GOP
The newest member of the Republican Party is Scott Bounds, a two-term state Representative from Neshoba County.
Here are the comments from Bounds on the switch: “It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of House District 44 in the Mississippi House of Representatives, and to serve in the Mississippi Legislature. It is a responsibility I take very seriously. My decision to switch party affiliations did not come about in haste. There has been much prayer and consultation with my family and many constituents over many months on this decision. The people of House District 44 possess a strong resolve for an effective, courageous and positive voice in the Mississippi Legislature. I, along with them, share this resolve. My record as a legislator displays the conservative philosophical and policy beliefs of the majority of my constituency. The beliefs of effective, fiscally responsible and service oriented government, but not wasteful government, are the principles on which I represent my constituency. The Mississippi Republican Party embraces these same beliefs. I am changing parties, but I am not changing anything about myself or my desire and proven ability to serve each and every one of my constituents. I will continue to respond to the inquiries and needs of my constituency as I always have. I ask for the continued prayers and support from every person in House District 44. I will continue to provide the service you deserve and the representation you can trust.”
Here is reaction from Jamie Franks, Democratic Party Chairman: “What Scott Bounds did today was not switch parties, he just finally started telling the truth about what party he supports. He’ll have to answer to voters in Neshoba County about lying to them for so long…Don’t believe the hype of the Republican Party. They are not getting people to switch their allegiances. At best, they are convincing people to stop lying to their constituents. At worst, they are deepening the political divide in this state by placing partisan politics above effective governing. The Mississippi Democratic Party remains the party of the big tent, the party where diverse and divergent ideologies can co-exist and work together to formulate good, effective government.”
Looking at his district, Haley Barbour outperformed his statewide total winning about 61 percent of the vote in HD 44 (3926 for Barbour-2303 for Eaves). The racial makeup of the district is also suitable for a Republican (68 percent white/ 32 percent black).
Looking at Bounds’ electoral history, he was easily re-elected to a second term in 2007 with about 82 percent of the vote. His first election- in 2003- was a little more competitive where he defeated Republican Kirk Morgan with around 53 percent of the vote. That race was actually listed as a race to watch in the November 4, 2003 edition of the Magnolia Political Report.
Bounds voted for Jeff Smith as Speaker in January, 2008. Bounds is now the third Democrat- whom all voted for Smith- to join the Republican Party since that vote.