NRCC Hits Childers on Taxes
The NRCC issued a statement earlier this morning going after Rep. Travis Childers on taxes. Childers usually doesn’t complete a speech without talking about reducing taxes, but the NRCC cited a December vote where Childers supported the leadership on a bill to extend the death tax which was set to expire in 2010 (following a 10 year decline under the 2001 Bush tax cuts). The bill passed by a 225-200 vote with no Republicans supporting it.
The inspiration behind the attack from the NRCC was the recent statement from the Mississippi Democratic Party (as we talked about yesterday) where they nailed Alan Nunnelee for meeting with Grover Norquist and supporting the mission of Americans for Tax Reform. NRCC spokesman Andy Sere offered this: “Only a desperate, tax-raising politician like Travis Childers would attack someone for fighting against tax hikes. After just two years in Washington, the congressman already seems to think North Mississippians’ money is his money- what else would explain his vote to kill local jobs by making the death tax permanent?”
Lee weighing options in the wide open Ag Commish race. Following Lester Spell’s announcement that he will not be running for re-election as Agriculture Commissioner we noted that State Rep. Dannie Reed (R-Ackerman) will be a candidate, but he certainly will not be the only one. Bobby Harrison spoke with State Sen. Perry Lee (R-Mendenall) who left the door open for a run saying he will give the decision “a lot of prayerful consideration and a lot of discussion with my family.” Max Phillips is also a possibility. He was the GOP nominee in 2003 (running against Spell when he was a Democrat) and he then unsuccessfully tried to knock Spell off in the GOP primary four years later. On the Democratic side, a couple names that generally come up are Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (D-Brookhaven) and Rep. Stephen Holland (D-Plantersville).
In addition to the question of who is running, I am sure another question will come up: Does this need to be an elected (rather than appointed) position?
MS-02 runoff Tuesday. Primary turnout a couple weeks ago was painfully low- especially in the Second and Third Districts where the incumbent is favored by a mile in November. But, the GOP will be heading for round two in the Second on Tuesday as 2008 candidate Richard Cook and Bill Marcy square off in a runoff. The winner will face Rep. Bennie Thompson in the general election.