GOP Primary Gets Real Exciting, Real Early
I thought now would be a good time to look over the past week in the GOP primary in the First District. Even though we are more than three months from the June election, it looks like things are starting to heat up early. Will big stories continue to leak into the news every week? We can’t tell right now, but let’s look at the week that was.
Eight days ago Angela McGlowan was making headlines for speaking at the National Tea Party Convention. She was getting nothing but positive press for fiery, partisan speeches. We posted her speech from last Friday, along with previous Tea Party speeches she had made in Washington and Tupelo. At about that same time, I was being accused of supporting McGlowan.
Then on Monday she officially became the third GOP candidate in the MS-01 primary, receiving national headlines in places like the Wall Street Journal. Besides adding her celebrity appeal from her years in DC and with Fox News, let’s be honest, we don’t see too many conservative, African-American females running in GOP primaries too often. It was a very intriguing story.
The following day the excitement and headlines that McGlowan had enjoyed turned very negative when a clip of her August appearance on the Gallo radio show hit YouTube. In what may be a campaign killer, she expressed support for a bill requiring federal gun registration. Soon enough, the video hit Mississippi blogs, and then national conservative blogs like RedState and Free Republic were linking to it. Politico also picked the story up (and even mentioned our blog).
McGlowan went into damage control mode sharply stating her support for the Second Amendment, trying to backtrack from the Gallo interview, saying she didn’t know what the bill was, arguing she was offering entertainment value, and even explaining that she was playing devils advocate. Oh yea, she also fired the first shot of the campaign blasting Alan Nunnelee for supposedly spreading the video.
Nunnelee, along with Henry Ross, didn’t personally mention McGlowan but were pleased to let you know about their support for the Second Amendment seemingly happy to let McGlowan try to work her way out of this.
So where do we go from here?
As of right now, Nunnelee is still the front-runner and by a long distance at this point. I don’t want to call McGlowan’s Gallo interview the end to her campaign, but she has a long way to go to win back voters credibility. This issue will not go away, and I don’t know if there is anything McGlowan can do about it.
As for Henry Ross, he has a lot of work to do to try to become a serious threat to Nunnelee. He is working the campaign trail, but has a long way to go and a short time to get there. The task for Ross is to come up with some way to make the headlines and convince voters why they should vote him over Nunnelee. But before that, I would try to win over McGlowan supporters who may be anti-Nunnelee for some reason but are also worried about McGlowan at this point.