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Thursday Election Notebook

April 1, 2010
tags: 2010 House, 2011 Attorney General, 2012 President, MS-01, MS-04, Republican Governors Association, Republican National Committee
by Brett

MS-01: According to WTVA, there will be a debate between Alan Nunnelee, Angela McGlowan, and Henry Ross at Mississippi University for Women on April 27 at 6:30. It is sponsored by the Mississippi School for Math and Science.

MS-01: The Tate County Democrat had a new editorial this week titled, ‘Childers must go.’

MS-01: The NRCC continues to hammer Childers for his last minute decision on the healthcare bill, and his opposition to repealing the new law. Repeal supporters picked up a Democrat on Monday, Rep. Mike McIntyre (of North Carolina), leading the NRCC to make this statement: “It’s no longer debatable: Travis Childers supports the president’s healthcare takeover. Despite his vote, Childers’ stubborn opposition to what is now a bipartisan effort to repeal Obama’s Medicare cuts, tax increases and government handouts is an affront to North Mississippians who thought they were electing a representative, not a yes-man.”

MS-01: Hoping to capitalize on the recent announcement by Obama that the administration will expand offshore oil drilling, Childers praised the idea calling it a “significant step in the right direction.”

MS-01: Here is the latest from Henry Ross where he goes after Childers on several fronts; including his support for the stimulus, late decision on healthcare, and refusal to support repeal. I think we will hear these three subjects mentioned many times between now and November.

MS-01: The Nunnelee camp issued a new press release where they said they will “begin highlighting various provisions of the healthcare bill and asking why the congressman (Childers) wants them to remain law.” For what its worth, this was also forwarded on by the NRCC.

MS-04: Joe Tegerdine was featured in a story in the Marion County Informer on Tuesday. Lot’s of good info. to pick from. Here is some primary information: Tegerdine was asked about Steven Palazzo, his primary opponent, and said, “I honestly don’t know a lot about him,” but he did say he feels that his experience living in different parts of the United States and the world makes him more qualified for federal office than Palazzo.

MS-04: Joe Tegerdine sent out an email blast to supporters encouraging good sportsmanship among his supporters in any interactions with Steven Palazzo or Gene Taylor: “I want to encourage everyone to make sure our interactions with both of our opponents is positive and professional. We need to have good sportsmanship, especially in the primary. We will need Mr. Palazzo’s supporters to join us in June when we win the primary so we can beat Mr. Taylor in November. I expect and am ready to be attacked in every way possible; it is how professional consultants run campaigns. Please stay above the fray and do not be led into their trap. We will stay focused on the strengths I have as a candidate, the things we will do together when I am elected, and contrast that with the statements and records of my opponents… no character attacks, or name calling.”

2010 House: Swing State Project, a liberal blog but fair in much of their analysis, is out with their first round of House race ratings for this election cycle. They are calling MS-01 a ‘Toss-up’ and MS-04 ‘Likely Democratic.’ This is in line with most ratings that have been released. And overall, like most other political handicappers, the picture is not to pretty for Democrats at this point.

2011 AG: In Brian Perry’s latest column, he looks at the healthcare lawsuit fight between Haley Barbour and Jim Hood. Regarding the politics involved in this, Perry said: “Whether he (Hood) believes there are Constitutional challenges to make before judges in a federal court, he also faces an electorate jury in the court of public opinion.”

2012 President: Former GOP presidential candidate and businessman Steve Forbes spoke at Mississippi College this week and said he would support Haley Barbour if he ran for president. Forbes said: “He’s demonstrated executive competence – Katrina. He certainly knows his way around Washington. There’s no way you’re going to fool him. There’ll be others running. He may decide not to, but he certainly has the right look at the situation.”

2012 President: In other Haley in 2012 news, US News and World Report has a new article out titled, ‘The Case for Haley Barbour in the 2012 Presidential Race.’

RNC: If Barbour decides not to run for any future office, Larry Sabato suggested he would make a good successor for Michael Steele when his term as RNC chair ends. Talking about the gaffe’s that have occurred under Steele’s watch- most recently the California strip club incident- Sabato opined, “They need some adult supervision,” and that Barbour “could help the party.” One problem may be that Steele’s term ends in January 2011 while Barbour is governor until January 2012.

RGA/ RNC: In similar news, the RGA posted $9 million in the first quarter of 2010 and they currently have $31.2 million cash on hand (ahead of the DGA in both columns). This led Politico’s Morning Score editor to call it “one more reminder why Republicans look back fondly on RGA Chairman Haley Barbour’s tenure leading the RNC.”

Military/ Overseas voting: Haley Barbour recently signed a bill into law which makes it easier for military personnel living overseas to vote absentee by expanding the time to register to vote, streamlining the ballot request process, and allowing voting via email.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber permalink
    April 1, 2010 7:32 pm

    For once I agree with a newspaper. Oh, yes he must go.

  2. CaptDeacon permalink
    April 2, 2010 8:23 am

    In district 4 the mission is to replace Taylor. Republicans and Conservatives are sorting out how to do that. I lend my support to Joe Tegerdine and I thank him for his wise words to keep the campaign on the issues.

  3. mspoltics82 permalink
    April 2, 2010 10:32 am

    In reality THE ONLY WAY that “snake in the grass” Taylor can be beaten is for ALL REPUBLICANS and CONSERVATIVES, i.e. Tea Party’ers and 912′ers, to PULL TOGETHER AND STAY TOGETHER after the Primary. Every candidate must distinguish himself from the other, even in a Primary Election…but can do so without questioning the other’s character and without “waging war”.

    That being said, I waited until all had qualified and spent time “studying” the two candidates….Joe Tegerdine, to me, is the guy who “has it together”……..I think these remarks by him are just part of the proof.

  4. Raiseya permalink
    April 2, 2010 10:17 pm

    My dad, a long time Gene supporter, has now decided he won’t vote for him any more. Yay! That is two more lost votes Gene. Now I’m working on convincing him to vote for Joe Tegerdine in the primary. He hasn’t agreed to that yet, but did send a donation to Joe.

  5. Billy permalink
    April 3, 2010 12:10 am

    STEVEN PALAZZO is the only candidate who can beat Gene Taylor. Steven is a former Marine who served in the Persian Gulf War, and now serves in the MS National Guard. Steven is a small business owner, and a CPA (something we need more of in DC). Being born and rasied in MS, Steven has a better understanding of the issues important to MS. Joe doesn’t have any of these things. That is why I am supporting Steven Palazzo, and encourage you too as well.

  6. Scott permalink
    April 3, 2010 6:06 pm

    Joe Tegerdine’s superior knowledge of the issues important to South Mississippi were evident when he and SP spoke at USM (watch some of it on youtube). SP’s military service and professional background are commendable, but he is better suited to serve where he is at in the state legislature. Tegerdine has a better understanding of the difficult issues facing our nation, experience dealing with Federal Bureaucracies, and experience dealing with Mississippi’s largest trade partners… Tegerdine is not interested in making a career in politics, but working his tail off for a few terms, then passing the baton to the next leader. SP wants to be the next congressional lifer, we have had enough of those.

  7. Billy permalink
    April 3, 2010 8:06 pm

    Scott- Where do you get your “superior” knowledge of Steven Palazzo?

    Joe Tegerdine wants to represent the people of a state that he has only lived in for 2 years. He wants to represent a state that he has NEVER VOTED IN. He wants to represent a state that he has no connection to. He is trying to use the political environment to get him to DC for his own personal gain.

    I can’t wait to see what Joe does when he loses the primary. You seem to know him so well. Will Joe pick up and move to another state and run for Congress? I bet he does.

    • Boss Man permalink
      April 4, 2010 1:01 am

      Perhaps Joe Tegerdine has seen enough of Big Brother and decided to put his knowledge to good use in the state where he RESIDES, where his children attend school, where he pays taxes and contributes just like every other Mississippian. You don’t have to born in Mississippi to know that the FEDERAL government is overreaching, that the FEDERAL government is growing at an exponential pace and that the FEDERAL government MUST be stopped by true conservatives in order for the citizens to retain their liberties and freedoms.
      And Billy, Scott was being polite when he said that the debate between the two gentlemen showed that Tegerdine had a superior knowledge of the issues. What he didn’t say was that SP didn’t know anything besides the fact that he was born and raised in Mississippi and therefore, must be a better candidate. When asked about the Federal Reserve…uhh, errr. When asked about term limits…uhh, err. When asked about his eminent domain gaff…uhhh, errr. Look it up and get back to me.

  8. blog4joet permalink
    April 4, 2010 1:15 am

    I really like the idea of running a professional campaign of respect. Joe I appreciate the consistency of your value system. Your character is above reproach and that is refreshing in a candidate.

  9. Mike permalink
    April 4, 2010 10:57 am

    Seriously, when you watch Steven Palazzo, and when you consider his vote against Eminent Domain reform… you get the impression that he would be a lot like Taylor:

    Talks a lot of ‘conservative’ rhetoric while steadily increasing the size and budget of the Federal Government. Palazzo is too close to the establishment GOP (incumbent re-election machine) to seem much different than Gene Taylor. When you hold up Palazzo to Taylor I think the folks are gonna say… “might as well just vote for Taylor.”

    That’s what I think will happen because with Palazzo I don’t believe you’ll be getting anything different than what we already have in office.

    With Tegerdine you KNOW you are getting a candidate that represents the people and not corporate (think lobbyists) interests.

    If Steven wouldn’t have voted against eminent domain reform I might would have had a different opinion of him. Instead he showed his true colors.

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