Thursday Election Notebook
SD 36: The Democrats sent out a fundraising appeal on behalf of Albert Butler today in what they are calling their “36 for 36 campaign.” The idea is to ask supporters to donate $36 to the Democrats as they try to hold on to Senate District 36. The presser did not take any direct shots at Butler’s runoff opponent, Jimmy Strong, but did say a Democratic loss would “devastate us in the Legislature.”
MS-01: Mike Huckabee headlined a fundraiser for Alan Nunnelee today in Tupelo. Huckabee told a crowd of about 200 that “Alan Nunnelee is your friend,” adding, “This is one guy who won’t be voting for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.”
MS-01: At the same event, Nunnelee said his goal was not to tell you why somebody shouldn’t be in Congress, but to explain why he should. Nunnelee said: “I feel very strongly that I need to tell you what I’m for.”
MS-01: Last piece of interesting info. from the event. This is what Huckabee said about a candidate’s most important qualities, and the Democratic incumbent: “The most important thing is the experience. I think there are some good candidates in this race. I’m not even at the opinion that the Democrat is anything other than a good person but right now we need to elect not the good person but the best person.”
MS-01: Henry Ross recently went over 500 fans on his Facebook page as he reaches out to voters online.
MS-01: Angela McGlowan will be addressing the Desoto County Republican Club on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. You may recall McGlowan’s last big appearance in Desoto county did not go over so well.
MS-01: Henry Ross sent out this press release to mark the one year anniversary of the stimulus bill being signed into law, a bill that he said failed miserably.
MS-01: According to an email from Paul Gallo, Angela McGlowan will be on the Gallo Show one day next week on a date TBA. Should make for an interesting show as I’m sure guns will dominate the discussion. Props to McGlowan for returning.
MS-04: Some Twitter fun here. I had previously mentioned a fake Twitter account impersonating Gene Taylor with the handle @RepGeneTaylor (which could easily fool you). That account is now suspended. But whoever is behind this will not give up. You can now find a fake Taylor Twitter account @GeneTaylorDem with the bio: Congressman Gene Taylor of Mississippi is hoping to retire this year.
MS-04: In a Sun Herald story today, 2008 GOP candidate John McCay says he is “seriously considering” running again in 2010.
MS-04: Joe Tegerdine will host a meeting on Monday night to discuss their “campaigns online presence.” It’s clear the campaign has utilized the Internet/ social media to its fullest. If you’ve read the comments here or anywhere else Tegerdine is mentioned, you’ll notice his supporters certainly have his back online.
2010 House: The Cook Political Report released their latest House ratings moving 25 seats in a direction favorable to Republicans. In fact, the latest report leaves open the possibility that Republicans can win a majority in the fall. No changes in Mississippi. MS-01 is still a Toss-Up and MS-04 is still Safe Democrat.
2012 President: The Mississippi Business Journal has taken note of a very expensive fundraiser Haley Barbour will be hosting. The minimum donation is $5,000 as Barbour fills his political action committee known as Haley’s Leadership PAC. As they mention, this is the type of money you raise when you are running for major office- like president maybe. Dan Turner (Barbour’s press secretary) said nothing has changed with Barbour and the only elections he is focusing on is in 2010.