Should Nunnelee Court McGlowan?
As we have noted a couple times since last Tuesday’s primary, Angela McGlowan will not be endorsing Alan Nunnelee anytime soon. That includes tomorrow when Nunnelee will have a rally with the second place finisher in the primary- Henry Ross. But looking back upon McGlowan’s comments, she leaves the door open to supporting Nunnelee “if he changes.”
The question is what does that mean and is it worth it? One political strategist I talked suggested this could be accomplished if Nunnelee, for example, met with Grover Norquist (from Americans for Tax Reform) and McGlowan and discussed taxes- and tax reform. McGlowan is basing her lack of support for Nunnelee on his support for the hospital and tobacco taxes after Nunnelee signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge (one could make the case it’s a lot easier to reject any new taxes or tax hikes in Congress where you don’t have to actually balance a budget).
You can argue it doesn’t hurt Nunnelee any to make nice with both Norquist and McGlowan. I don’t believe McGlowan has a lot of pull when it comes to North Mississippi voters (as evidenced by her vote total), but she can give a fiery speech and it is better to have her on your side rather than having this annoying cloud hanging over your head.
But would this give the Democrats added ammo? I doubt Travis Childers is going to be talking much about the hospital and tobacco taxes, although I imagine his surrogates will (the DCCC and the Mississippi Democratic Party) even though they can only have a limited effect. But at the same time it could look bad if it appears that Nunnelee is needing to do this in the middle of a campaign, almost a desperation move like he needs McGlowan’s blessing before moving on. It would most likely bring two issues- the taxes and flip-flopping- back into the fold which most likely will not play a role otherwise in the campaign.
I have had no communication with the campaigns about this so I have no idea what Nunnelee is thinking, but what do you think…should he attempt to get McGlowan’s full endorsement?