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Should Nunnelee Court McGlowan?

June 9, 2010
tags: Alan Nunnelee, 2010 House, MS-01, Angela McGlowan, Grover Norquist
by Brett

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?

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Melanie permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:26 am

    Endorsement or not, McGlowan’s not going to be delivering any fiery speeches on Nunnelee’s behalf. Nunnelee should be gracious in victory and accept her endorsement with sincere gratitude if she chooses to give it, but he needs to run HIS race without worrying who McGlowan endorses.

  2. tom permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:29 am

    Brett, did anyone take the time to read the pledge or did they just read the DCCC release? Also, has anyone really looked at the so called hospital tax or are they just reading the DCCC release? Did anyone look into what would have happened with the cost of car tags if they did not pass the tobacco tax.

    I think it would mean more for Grover to step in to defend Nunnelee rather than trying to get Angela involved. Angela didn’t have problem with Nunnelee because of his record. Angela had problems with Nunnelee because he had all of the support she had hoped to get.

  3. Grizz permalink
    June 9, 2010 11:02 am

    There is no pressing need for Sen.Alan to call her–rather,it is SHE who needs to make the call,and apologize at the same time.

  4. Tea Party Leader II permalink
    June 9, 2010 11:05 am

    McGlowan had 15% of a low turn out primary vote. Some critics say that most of those votes came from Democrats who were trying to change the outcome of the election so that Childers would run against the weakest candidate. My experience with the voters was that older voters cast their ballots for Angela because they saw her on Fox News and thought she was great!! Of course I haven’t talked with all that many voters about her but those who said they voted for McGlowan were in that category. These people do not have internet service or go to places where politics are discussed but they are voters and most of them vote in every election. Nunnelee will need all the republican voters in his camp but I think he can win these people by reaching them in the churches and on television. He doesn’t need McGlowan to endorce him to get their vote.

    I don’t think her endorcement would change very much but Nunnelee should certainly extend his hand to her and if rejected (which it probably would be) move on with a shrug of his shoulders and a smile.

  5. olemissgop permalink
    June 9, 2010 1:36 pm

    Tea Party Leader II: I agree with what you say, I would just be cautious not to make a public spectacle of Nunnelee reaching out to McGlowan. You never know what tricks McGlowan will pull. I am sure that Nunnelee’s campaign was in contact with the Ross campaign well before the current announcement and if the Nunnelee campaign thinks that McGlowan is supportive and that reaching out to her publicly is beneficial, I am sure that they will. If not, then hopefully then the campaign will move on reaching out to all voters and not looking for McGlowan’s support or endorsement.

    • Tea Party Leader II permalink
      June 9, 2010 1:43 pm

      If McGlown continues to refuse to support Nunnelee in this election, I feel strongly that she will be finished in the political arena, if she is not already.

      • Grizz permalink
        June 10, 2010 5:21 pm

        she continues to hold a grudge against alan,knowing full well it was ross supporters who were bashing her w/ fliers ect.–

  6. Adina Rowland permalink
    June 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    I am confident that you can look for an endorsement coming out of the McGlowan campaign shortly.

  7. olemissgop permalink
    June 9, 2010 2:14 pm

    So has Nunnelee “changed” or will McGlowan flip-flop on what she stated previously about only supporting him “if he changes”?

    • Adina Rowland permalink
      June 9, 2010 3:02 pm

      Well, for the taxpayers’ sake, hopefully he’s changed.

      • tom permalink
        June 9, 2010 6:16 pm

        There is no need for him to change. He has a very good record on taxes. Look at the record rather than listening to the DCCC press releases…

  8. Cherie Bosch permalink
    June 9, 2010 6:41 pm

    Personally, I think this is a moot point. McGlowan is irrelevant.

  9. nochilders permalink
    June 9, 2010 8:19 pm

    Finally someone said it.

  10. olemissgop permalink
    June 9, 2010 10:44 pm

    true…but her voters are relevant…

  11. Cherie Bosch permalink
    June 10, 2010 8:49 am

    Yes, her voters are relevant and that is exactly who Nunnelee should court.

  12. nochilders permalink
    June 10, 2010 11:55 am

    Cherie, you are right again. McGlowan has skipped the District back to Virginia. Like you said she is a moot issue.

  13. Tea Party Leader II permalink
    June 10, 2010 12:18 pm

    Nochilders, Sounds like you really have a dislike for McGlowan. I doubt that she has skipped the district – just went to Virginia to check on her company there. Her family is still in Mississippi. She may have lost the primary but is still very vocal and can still do damage through her many news contacts. I don’t think that you can say she is a moot point. McGlowan has allot to say and she does have listeners.

    • olemissgop permalink
      June 10, 2010 2:54 pm

      Tea Party Leader II, why is McGlowan still being discussed. If she wishes to have a chance in politics, she will not wreck Nunnelee’s attempt to unseat Childers. Who really cares where McGlowan is right now?

    • Grizz permalink
      June 10, 2010 5:24 pm

      u r rt–she hasn’t skipped lol,and in fact,is active in facebook–if she detests alan so much–then she should go support and endorse wally pang–he’s more conservative than nunnelee.

      • Tea Party Leader II permalink
        June 10, 2010 6:05 pm

        Grizz, I noticed that you said it was Ross supporters that passed out flyers, but I heard that nothing ever came of that. Someone told me that she is upset because she was stalked by Nunnelee people who took photos of her car and that she was told by the GOP that she should not run because Nunnelee was running and that the GOP did not want him to have any opposition. Do you know anything about that?

        • Grizz permalink
          June 10, 2010 6:41 pm

          well,i do not know anything,and am not a player in this but if i did,i would say yes u r rt,nothing ever did become of it that i know of–esp since she did not win-yes she was told that by GOP higher ups,but not by nunnelees campaign–and it was ross supporters took pics of her car more than once-ive been to busy putting up wally pang signs all over to give ms. mcglowan any thought lol–would have done the same for Ms. Giamarita,but wasn’t given any or asked to–

          • Grizz permalink
            June 10, 2010 6:43 pm

            p.s. the car tag issue was a moot point,as it was is company owned and tagged in the state of company,for tax purposes-
            but if she ever grows tired of it———

  14. Cherie Bosch permalink
    June 10, 2010 2:39 pm

    There are 3 options for McGlowan supporters come November.

    1. Vote for Nunnelee
    2. Vote for Childers
    3. Not vote at all

    Number 2 and 3 are the same. Not voting out of protest that one’s candidate didn’t make the cut is the same as voting for Childers.

    I believe that McGlowan supporters will indeed vote for Nunnelee. Why? Because they want to shift the composition in Congress and they are unhappy with the direction that we are going.

    I don’t believe that McGlowan is a moot point either. For Nunnelee to spend his time on courting her would be. My best guess is that there are a lot of Dems in District 1 that aren’t too happy with the way things are going in Washington either. Nunnelee could pull from this group with the right message.

  15. Tea Party Leader II permalink
    June 10, 2010 4:55 pm

    I agree with you, Cherie. I do not, however, think that Nunnelee should spend time trying to get McGlowan to support him because I do not think that she will do that while I do think she will vote for him. Much of the Tea Party movement is made up of very unhappy democrats and Nunnelee could pick those up. Many of the TPs voted for Ross though and I think today helped with them. To nochilders I say that your emotions of dislike are clouding your thought process. Never, never discount your enemy – keep your enemies close and always know what they are doing. McGlowan is still upset about what she calls dirty tricks done by the Nunnelee organization. True or not she feels that way.

  16. Amanda permalink
    June 10, 2010 5:17 pm

    @Cheri and Tea Party Leader II,
    There are more than 3 options. Last I checked there are Candidates from the Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, Reform Party, and 4 Independents.
    And for the people who voted for Ross and McGlowan, they obviously have some sort of reservations about Nunnelee, so maybe they should check out the other options.
    And for a REAL shift in the composition of Congress, I think the Constitution Party is the best option.
    The CP goes to the Constitution itself for guidance on its platform.

  17. Grizz permalink
    June 10, 2010 5:29 pm

    there are two viable great alternative candidates to nunnelee, one should know all of them on the ballot–thats Miss Gail Giamarita,and Wally Pang–both without a blemish on their records.

    • Tea Party Leader II permalink
      June 10, 2010 5:58 pm

      I personnally like both of those candidates. Les Green is also a great alternative and would make an excellent representative. Wally has a pretty strong following and it is continuing to grow. His ideas have been pushing the candidates in the primaries and now it is his turn to shine. There are indeed other choices.

      • Cherie Bosch permalink
        June 10, 2010 6:48 pm

        Here is the danger for 2010 (as opposed to 2012 & 2014)…are we going to be so splintered that Dems get put back into office and retain the majority in the House and Senate?

        There are other candidates, but do they have enough of a voter base at this point to beat Childers. Besides voters, do they have enough $$$ to run an effective campaign. My guess would be no.

        2010 has to be about getting the Dems out of power. We stop the bleeding. 2012 has to be about removing traditional partiest and not give power back to Dems. In 2012, we could get some constitutionals in office. 2014 is the year to totally over turn this thing.

        Just my thoughts….

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