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Friday Afternoon Election Notebook

July 29, 2011

A couple notes on the 2011 elections…

** Had a story in the lieutenant governor’s race from before the fair that we are just getting around to. This concerns the pre-election finance reports that came out on Tuesday. As a couple other places have mentioned (here and here), the Billy Hewes campaign has repaid about $225,000 in loans that Hewes (and two friends) originally made at end of April. The point here is that the money was apparently loaned to make that report look bigger at the time while it looks like the money was never their to be spent on the campaign, something the Tate Reeves campaign had questioned in the past.

** Earlier today, the Hewes camp sent out a release responding to a recent Reeves mailer. According to the Hewes campaign, the mailer said that the candidate supports school consolidation into one district per county. Also, they said the mailer was sent to homes in areas that have largely white school districts within counties that have predominately black school districts (i.e. Clinton/ Hinds), or vice-versa. Other counties this was sent to apparently included Lowndes, Lauderdale, Madison, Desoto (which I believe only has one school district anyway), and Marion.

The Hewes camp said they proposed that districts within a county share administrative non-instructional services that are duplicative. They called Hewes mailer “race-baiting scare tactics” and for Reeves to apologize.

** The Clarion-Ledger has begun handing out endorsements, backing Lynn Fitch in her race to be state treasurer and Max Phillips in the race to be commissioner of agriculture and commerce.

** At the same time, the Greenwood Commonwealth issued endorsements in the same two races, but backing Lucien Smith and Cindy Hyde-Smith. The paper requires a subscription to read online, but here is a PDF of their endorsement of Hyde-Smith.

** Hyde-Smith has also received the backing of Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (and of course she picked up Lester Spell’s support on Wednesday). Here is his letter in support of Hyde-Smith. Speaking of the Alabama Ag. Commish, I am not sure exactly whom it was sent to but I have seen an email floating around stating that Max Phillips has been endorsed by him. Phillips has actually been endorsed by Dale Peterson, who is probably more well not than McMillan because of this infamous ad, but he did lose last year.

** And one more mention from the Ag Commish race, Max Phillips has received the support of Les Riley, who was the 2007 candidate for this position on the Constitution Party ticket.

** Last night, Dave Dennis had a fundraiser in Gluckstadt.

** Tate Reeves was endorsed by Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr at an event in Southaven last night. In receiving the endorsement, Reeves said this: “Lt. Governor Darr is a conservative leader for Arkansas, and I’m excited that he is endorsing my candidacy. Conservatives understand the importance of this election and know that I will work to pay down our debt, control spending and fight to bring better, higher paying jobs to Mississippi.”

** A couple new ads: Here is one from Billy Hewes and one from Johnny DuPree.

** The Neshoba Democrat is out with their latest endorsements. They are backing Dave Dennis and Lucien Smith.

** Danny Bedwell, Chairman of the Mississippi Libertarian Party, endorsed Ron Williams gubernatorial campaign yesterday.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. I want to ask permalink
    July 29, 2011 3:39 pm

    If a candidate has had serous issues in their personal life with multiple marriages and divorces why would you think they could be a good state wide office holder?

    • Dontreadonme permalink
      July 30, 2011 8:30 am

      It sure brings up a question about commitment.

  2. rankinlawyer permalink
    July 29, 2011 5:15 pm

    Is it a surprise to anyone that the Clarion Ledger would endorse Lynn Fitch since she is the most liberal of the three candidates for Treasurer? All of that time she has spent with Democrats in the past has paid off now!

  3. Because you asked permalink
    July 29, 2011 5:27 pm

    Haha, is Sen. Yancey getting a little hot under the collar because of Lynn Fitch’s momentum? Scared of a capable woman (whose accomplishments dwarf his) so he’s got to stoop to starting custody rumors and talking divorce? Good lord y’all have been trying to start this since April with the custody emails, and who knows how many times divorce has been mentioned on this site alone, to no avail. Sorry pal, divorce aint the issue you want it to be. Ask the over 80% affected in some way by divorce. Ask Ronald Reagan supporters. Just drop it, grow up, and talk about issues (if he can with his extensive INexperience – see Clarion Ledger’s endorsement of Lynn Fitch). There are plenty of rumors about Sen. Yancey that the Fitch Campaign nor it’s supporters have brought up. The worst part is the Senator doesn’t have the set required to say any of it himself – he’s got clowns on blogs slinging his mud for him.

    Pretty tacky behavior for an ordained minister and his campaign. Way to keep it classy.

  4. Dontreadonme permalink
    July 29, 2011 5:30 pm

    Max Phillips is the best candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce. He will do a great job for Mississippi and is the Republican that can win the general election. He gave the best speech at the neshoba county fair. His speech was based on ideas that would propel Mississippi into the 21st century as a leader in Agriculture. Joe Giles was the most articulate and very knowledgable. Joe also had good ideas. Dr. Reed was kinda arrogant, talking down to the crowd, a little bit nervous, but a good family oriented guy. Cindy Smith gave a fiery stump speech about the resposibility of Commissioner, throwing out big national republicans like Rick Perry and Haley Barbour. She won the best political speaker award for the day, eventhough she has no ideas for the future of Agriculture in Mississippi.
    I was leaning her way before the speeches began, because her in-laws have been friends to my faimly for generations. Her in-laws and supporters came and sat close to me under the pavilion. So, I used the opprotunity to pick a young supporters brain about Cindy Smith and paid close attention to her speech. This was what turned me off to Cindy.

    One, she is not a 5th generation farm girl, she said she was the “mother” to a 5th generation farmer. (in her speech) Knowing her in-laws that is very true, but Cindy is not a 5th generation farmer.
    Two, Cindy was a Senator on the Agriculture committee that publicly pushed for the building of the Cull Cow beef plant where millions were stole from the tax payers and we are still paying on the debt. Being a cattle farmer she should have known that there are not many Dairy Cattle in Mississippi.
    Three, she still refers to herself as a cattle farmer and not a cattle rancher (big difference). Four, she was a Senator on the Agriculture committee for 5 years and allowed imported fish to be sold to mississippians as Delta Fresh Catfish. When the citizens found out about this deception,(do to Max 2003 run) she decided to act, but the damage was already done. Five, she was a democrat her whole political carrier until the democrats lost power and Tucks Truck ran out of gas.
    Six, she was a democrat that tried to change the State Flag…(word from supporter)…

    I do understand the republican establishment is pushing her very hard. I’ve been asked to support her by many hardline, lifelong repubs. When I ask Why? i never get a clear reason

    • Tom permalink
      July 30, 2011 4:44 pm

      Doesn’t it bother you that Max Phillips is on disability when he says he is completely healed? listen for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h92tjqAwUro

      • July 30, 2011 9:35 pm

        Tom get on to something else and get a hearing aide, Max did not say he was completely healed he said he was better with today’s medicine and doctors and the good Lord he was better. There is nothing here for you to keep throwing this out, so get over it and find someone else to lie about!!

      • Dontreadonme permalink
        July 30, 2011 10:16 pm

        Tom,
        It would concern me if he had not already paid for it. When the government takes out as much as they do for SS/disability out of each payrolled employee, Why do you think its a negative when a man works till retirement age, hurts himself and then receives his retirement/disability? Are you suggesting that he/and others should pay for it and not use it when needed. or maybe you file a 1099 and don’t pay at all, for me I paid for it, Im going to use it when needed. Maybe you need a titanium plate placed in your back to understand.

  5. FamilyValues permalink
    July 29, 2011 5:37 pm

    I know Lee and can assure you that he would never consider divorce much less do it 3 times. It’s sad to me that most voters don’t know more about Lynn’s personal life. It’s true what Lynn says about “Tell them they haven’t met Lynn Fitch”…very true, because when many met her she had one of her other last names.

    • July 29, 2011 5:50 pm

      CL has always liked Mike Moore and Ronnie Musgrove her former employers!

  6. Because you asked permalink
    July 29, 2011 6:17 pm

    Jones, you’re an idiot. She never worked for Musgrove. Her campaign manager answered that on a previous thread that you were on. She worked for Moore as a 25 year old law school graduate. I’ve asked you to name a Republican statewide office holder at the time. I’ve pointed out that AG is the ONLY statewide office Democrats still hold. Are you questioning Haley Barbour’s judgement? Are you calling Lynn a liar? Are you ignoring her record, both as a professional, as well as a conservative minded agency head that’s cut her budget by millions? Again, when you’re incapable of talking about the issues you jump to everything else. Everything that does not matter. Half truths. Whole lies. For a second time, way to keep it classy.

    • It has been said permalink
      July 29, 2011 7:50 pm

      While we are on the subject of Haley hiring the rino, explain charlie williams involvement?

  7. Hayes Dent permalink
    July 29, 2011 6:21 pm

    John 8:7

    • Mustache Man permalink
      July 30, 2011 6:33 pm

      God bless the great state of america!

  8. iFarm2 permalink
    July 30, 2011 7:49 pm

    Tom,
    Doesn’t bother me a bit. I know the story behind it.
    Next?

  9. July 31, 2011 12:47 am

    Thank You Dontreadonme for the list! Finally someone gets it and is not afraid to put it out there. Do we really want that running our Ag Department!!!!

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