Bryant Releases First General Election Spot
Phil Bryant released his first general election ad of the campaign cycle focusing on creating jobs and the economy. You can check it out here:
Bryant is up with the first post-primary candidate that I know of to go on the air. And he will be getting plenty of time to himself if Johnny DuPree doesn’t go up until three weeks before the general as previously mentioned.
And as we have talked about, little to nothing in the way of negativity.
Both A.G. candidates pass on certain initiatives. At their appearance at the monthly Stennis Capitol Press Corps luncheon, Attorney General Jim Hood and his opponent Steve Simpson could have done better on one ballot initiative each.
For Hood, I had long wondered if he’d be pressed on voter ID, something that looked like it would be a sticky issue. All Hood would offer is that he would defend all initiatives, but said he won’t make his position public. Perhaps Hood saw the hostility from liberals when he announced he supported the Personhood amendment. But voter ID is also a more sensitive issue for Democrats than abortion.
After the meeting, Simpson reaffirmed his call for multiple debates and said this in a press release: “I believe that Mississippi voters deserve answers to these tough questions before they hire an Attorney General for the next four years, which is why I have called for political debates. While Jim Hood can try to hide from political debates he can not hide from his record of supporting Obamacare and opposing Voter ID, two of the most important issues that will be decided on November 8th.”
But apparently Simpson had his own troubles. When asked his opinion on the eminent domain initiative, he said, “I don’t know how I feel about that.” On a popular issue like this, you can only get away with opposing this if you’re name is Haley Barbour. Simpson will likely need to clarify his position.
Tupelo Tea Party meeting tomorrow night. Tuesday’s Tea Party event in Tupelo will feature special guest Ali Akbar, who penned this letter to Morgan Freeman after he labeled the Tea Party movement and Obama opponents in general as racists.
As we noted here, Billy Marcy wrote a similar letter. Marcy will also be there tomorrow. And state Sen. Nancy Collins will also be at the meeting.
Governing.com review of A.G. races. Check out this link for a review of 2011 and 2012 state attorney general races. Here is what they said about Mississippi: “Two-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood looks safer than he did nine months ago, having escaped a top-tier challenger, such as Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hood remains the only statewide elected Democrat in Mississippi. His GOP opponent, Steve Simpson- previously a circuit court judge and former Department of Public Safety head- trails him badly in fundraising. Simpson faces an uphill climb, even in a ruby-red state.”
The current balance of state AG’s is actually split even with 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans. I didn’t realize this, but apparently Republicans picked up seven seats last year.
Vann Branch fundraiser tomorrow. Vann Branch, the Republican nominee for the open SD 10 race, will have a fundraiser tomorrow night in Batesville. Michael Dunlap, and his wife Beth Ann, will serve as hosts. You can check out the invite here.