Did McGlowan Go Too Far With Latest Nunnelee Attack?
When you are in a primary, especially as the underdog, you need to give voters a reason to vote for your over the other candidates. Meaning, you can’t just play nice and repeat everything the frontrunner says. That said, there is a way to differentiate yourself and a way not to.
It appeared at the end of her interview on Gallo yesterday that Angela McGlowan was more concerned with taking shots at Nunnelee then directly answer some of Gallo’s questions. Toward the end she laid this bombshell: She pledged to support Henry Ross if he were the nominee but she would not support Alan Nunnelee should he win. She went on to call Nunnelee a RINO (Republican In Name Only), said he was not a true conservative and reiterated some of the DCCC talking points regarding tax hikes. She did add that she would not speak against Nunnelee however.
When I spoke with a Republican source in Jackson about McGlowan’s attack on Nunnelee, he said, “Whether you agree or disagree with him, clearly that is absurd. Nunnelee has always been a very strong and committed GOPer. Personally I disagree with some of his tax decisions, but it is absurd to suggest he isn’t a real Republican.”
My impression is that a campaign that initially looked like it could gain some positive traction is now throwing ‘Hail Mary’s’ out there in hopes that something will resonate. This is never a good place for any candidate to be in about three weeks after entering the race.
I imagine most Democrats in Jackson or with the DCCC who were listening fell of their chair in excitement about a potential repeat of the 2008 GOP primary. The question remains, however, whether McGlowan will be able to attract any significant support that can affect Nunnelee should he be the nominee.
We know McGlowan has her fans in the GOP primary. We know Nunnelee has people who don’t like him in the GOP primary (of course anyone can vote in the open-primary). That said, I doubt there were many- if any- undecided voters listening who are now McGlowan supporters.
And here is part of Gallo’s interview from yesterday which is now on YouTube. She starts going after Nunnelee around the nine minute mark.